Hangouts – Droid Life https://www.droid-life.com An intense Android news community bringing you the latest in phones, rooting, apps, and reviews. Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:27:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Monday Poll: Which Messaging Service Do You Use the Most? https://www.droid-life.com/2017/12/04/best-instant-messaging-app-android/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/12/04/best-instant-messaging-app-android/#comments Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:22:48 +0000 https://www.droid-life.com/?p=209312

The last time we asked which instant messaging app you all were using, it was 2011 and Google Talk was still a thing. Not only that, but Google+ Huddles was in before Hangouts took over, Beejive was an app that people used, and most of you just settled for good ol’ SMS anyway. So let’s … Continued

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The last time we asked which instant messaging app you all were using, it was 2011 and Google Talk was still a thing. Not only that, but Google+ Huddles was in before Hangouts took over, Beejive was an app that people used, and most of you just settled for good ol’ SMS anyway. So let’s see where we all stand now.

I’m still stuck on the empty soul that is Hangouts, unfortunately, but apps like Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger sure seem like they are in control of the game at this point. Plus, apps like Kik and Telegram have millions of users, and Allo is doing its best to fill up the feature list without addressing critical flaws. There are some solid options, I’m just curious which has captured your attention.

Which instant messaging app on Android are you using the most?

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Reminder: Hangouts SMS Died Yesterday for Most https://www.droid-life.com/2017/05/23/hangouts-sms-replacement-apps/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/05/23/hangouts-sms-replacement-apps/#comments Tue, 23 May 2017 14:07:53 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=200974

If you were using Google Hangouts as your SMS app and aren’t a Project Fi or Google Voice user, then yesterday was supposed to be your last day to find something else to use. Remember, SMS in Hangouts was supposed to die by May 22. Today is May 23. We haven’t seen a flood of emails … Continued

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If you were using Google Hangouts as your SMS app and aren’t a Project Fi or Google Voice user, then yesterday was supposed to be your last day to find something else to use. Remember, SMS in Hangouts was supposed to die by May 22. Today is May 23.

We haven’t seen a flood of emails into our inbox with people freaking out, so it’s tough to tell if that means most of you already ditched SMS in Hangouts for something else or it’s still working. Either way, all of Google’s documentation on SMS disappearing from Hangouts is still live and we fully expect that to have happened as late as yesterday. My wife, for example, was pushed onto another SMS app weeks ago. 

Which SMS app should you use going forward if you were using Hangouts? Well, your phone has a separate SMS app from Hangouts already on it. You could use it. No matter which phone you own, there is going to be a Messages or Text Messages or Messaging app of some sort that does texting. You could also just install Google’s Android Messages, which happens to be a really good SMS app that is built for the future. Facebook Messenger even does SMS at this point. Otherwise, there are countless SMS apps on Google Play that should do the trick.

Hangouts SMS replacement apps:

Any other SMS apps you would recommend?

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Facebook Messenger Now Has Live Location, Just Like Google Maps https://www.droid-life.com/2017/03/27/messenger-live-location/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/03/27/messenger-live-location/#comments Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:17:27 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=198497

In a recent update for Google Maps, users gained the ability to share a live location. In an update for Facebook Messenger, that same feature is now available.  With the update, available for Android and iOS, users can share their real-time position on a map with a group of people or an individual person. This … Continued

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In a recent update for Google Maps, users gained the ability to share a live location. In an update for Facebook Messenger, that same feature is now available. 

With the update, available for Android and iOS, users can share their real-time position on a map with a group of people or an individual person. This can come in handy when someone needs to know where you are or how much longer you’ll take to arrive at a destination (ETA).

Unlike Hangouts, which has a somewhat similar location sharing feature (but no real-time tracking), users can continue sharing their location for a select period of time. This can allow everyone to keep track of you while you make your way somewhere.

How It Works

  • With today’s update, you’ll see a map of your current location and the option to tap a blue bar to share your Live Location.
  • For Android, tap the Location icon or tap the More icon and then select Location.
  • You’ll see a map of your current location and the option to tap a blue bar to share your Live Location for 60 minutes. Just like on iOS, you’ll have the option to stop sharing your Live Location by tapping Stop Sharing, and you’ll see how much longer you’re sharing your Live Location for via a small count down clock in the lower right hand corner of the map.
  • You’ll be able to see an estimate of how long it would take to get to others’ locations by car. (The ETA is seen by the person with whom the location is shared.)
  • You can stop sharing your Live Location at any time; just tap Stop Sharing.
  • A small clock in the lower right hand corner of the map will also let you know how much longer you’re sharing your location for.

While this feature is neat for Google Maps and Messenger, just make sure you are aware of when this feature is enabled and who you are sharing your location with. We don’t want any stranger danger taking place.

This update is available today for both iOS and Android.

Play Link

Live Location in Messenger

Posted by Facebook on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Via: Facebook

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Google Releases More Details on the Death of SMS in Hangouts https://www.droid-life.com/2017/03/24/google-releases-details-death-sms-hangouts/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/03/24/google-releases-details-death-sms-hangouts/#comments Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:22:51 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=198464

After a surprise announcement made its way onto reddit last night, Google has spent a good chunk of the morning doing plenty of clarifying over what’s actually happening with Hangouts and SMS integration. To be clear, though, last night’s information is 100% correct and SMS within Hangouts is going away for most people, but Google has … Continued

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After a surprise announcement made its way onto reddit last night, Google has spent a good chunk of the morning doing plenty of clarifying over what’s actually happening with Hangouts and SMS integration. To be clear, though, last night’s information is 100% correct and SMS within Hangouts is going away for most people, but Google has post in a variety of its product forums today to help answer any questions Google Voice, Project Fi, and general Hangouts users might have.

Below, we’ve done our best to compile the important stuff. 

1. Hangouts will lose SMS integration on May 22, 2017 (for the most part, depending on a handful of factors). Folks who use Hangouts for SMS with a carrier phone number (not a Google Voice or Project Fi number) will have to choose a new SMS app by that day. If you haven’t chosen an app by that day, Google will switch your default SMS app to another that is already on your phone. Yes, you are being forced to use another app for SMS by May 22.

2. Will Google remind me about the change? Yes, you’ll see a notification within Hangouts letting you know that SMS is going away and you’ll need to find a new app. It looks like the image at the top of this post.

3. Streamlining: Google says that SMS leaving Hangouts is a streamlining effort that further enforces their commitment to Hangouts as an enterprise app. Whether you agree with the direction doesn’t matter at this point, because that’s what we’ve got coming. Google wants users to use Android Messages for SMS (or any other SMS app that isn’t Hangouts).

4. Google Voice users: You aren’t affected by this change at this time if you send SMS with your Google Voice number. You can still get SMS messages within Hangouts if you want and carry-on as if nothing has changed. With that said, if you are a Google Voice user who happens to send SMS with a carrier number instead of your Google Voice number, you will have to find another SMS solution, like Android Messages.

5. Project Fi users: You aren’t affected by this change either.

As I mentioned, Google has posted info about the upcoming change to a variety of its product forums. If the five bullets above don’t answer the questions you have, be sure to find the correct link below and you should be able to find them.

Sources: GSuite Blog | Project Fi Help Forum | Google Voice Help Forum | Hangouts Help Forum

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Hangouts is Losing SMS Integration on May 22 https://www.droid-life.com/2017/03/23/rip-hangouts-sms-lolz-google-you-clueless/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/03/23/rip-hangouts-sms-lolz-google-you-clueless/#comments Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:58:01 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=198429

With Google Voice back in action, Android Messages getting a major push as the RCS client of the future, Allo out here doing nothing but acting as a punchline, and Hangouts transforming into a 2-piece enterprise solution going forward, we have some clarity on Google’s messaging direction for the first time in years.  . . . . … Continued

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With Google Voice back in action, Android Messages getting a major push as the RCS client of the future, Allo out here doing nothing but acting as a punchline, and Hangouts transforming into a 2-piece enterprise solution going forward, we have some clarity on Google’s messaging direction for the first time in years. 

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LOLZ. No we don’t. We have no idea what Google is doing. What we do know is that Google appears to be making the situation worse these days by ripping SMS support out of Hangouts on May 22, at least according to emails being sent to GSuite (Google for Work) customers. I wish that was a joke, but it’s not!

The emails being sent state that by May 22, those who use Hangouts for SMS purposes with a carrier phone number will have to find a new solution. That means if you use SMS with Hangouts from your Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc. phone number, that you won’t be able to do so come May 22. You should see a notification by March 27 that tells you about the upcoming change.

Of course, Android Messages is a perfectly good (if not borderline great) SMS solution and will do you right. Unfortunately, that means you’ll now have to use separate applications for Hangouts and SMS, a task you probably want no part of after spending years with a single messaging application.

Oh, we’d also imagine that you won’t be able to send SMS through Hangouts on desktop either. Cool, right? Yikes. Pushbullet is an app that offers a solution there, though. There are others as well.

As for Google Voice users who integrate with Hangouts, you are still good as long as you use your Google Voice number for SMS purposes.

I should point out that this could just be for GSuite customers and that regular Hangouts users will be fine. But yeah, I wouldn’t put my money on that.

We’ll likely have more to say in the morning. For now, grab a beer or some tequila and take in the letter below.

Hangouts SMS Death Letter


Hello Administrator,

Last year, we announced several improvements to the most popular features of Google Hangouts, such as the new video meetings experience and better group chat messaging. As part of that ongoing effort, we will be removing carrier SMS text messaging from Hangouts on Android after May 22, 2017.

Note: Google Voice numbers will continue to be supported after May 22. This change only applies to SMS text messages sent and received from carrier phone numbers.

We will prepare users for this change by showing an in-app message beginning March 27, 2017. Here is what users will see:

rip hangouts sms

For SMS users on Hangouts on Android (not including Google Voice)

Users will be prompted to choose another default messaging app already installed on their phone. If none exists, they will be directed to the Google Play store to find a new SMS messaging app. Choosing a new messaging app will not impact existing SMS messages. All messages will be accessible in the new messaging app.

For SMS users using Google Voice on Hangouts on Android

Google Voice users who also send carrier SMS messages will need to choose another default messaging app. Their Google Voice messages will be unaffected and will still be available in Google Hangouts.

For Google Voice users on Hangouts on Android

Google Voice users who do not use carrier SMS text messaging will not be affected and no notification will be shown.

For non-SMS users on Hangouts on Android

No notification will be shown to users who do not have Hangouts enabled as the default SMS messenger app on their device.

What you should do As a result of this change, you may receive questions from affected users. We’ve identified the users (copied below) who will be affected at your domain xxxxxx.com. You can share this Help Center article if users have any questions. If you have additional questions or need assistance, please contact G Suite support.

Sincerely,
The G Suite Team

Via: reddit

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Google’s Allo Boss: Hangouts for Consumers Not Going Anywhere https://www.droid-life.com/2017/03/10/googles-allo-boss-hangouts-consumers-not-going-anywhere/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/03/10/googles-allo-boss-hangouts-consumers-not-going-anywhere/#comments Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:52:24 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=197833

In case you were still scratching your head over yesterday’s announcements from Google about the new direction for Hangouts, we have some additional info to offer that will save your scalp from bleeding. In short, Hangouts for consumers will still apparently be a thing (for now), while Allo is (for now) around for the “long, … Continued

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In case you were still scratching your head over yesterday’s announcements from Google about the new direction for Hangouts, we have some additional info to offer that will save your scalp from bleeding. In short, Hangouts for consumers will still apparently be a thing (for now), while Allo is (for now) around for the “long, long run.” 

The news comes via Amit Fulay, the head of product for Google Allo and Duo. Fulay was responding to plenty of people on Twitter yesterday who had questions about the future of Google’s messaging apps. For example, in response to someone asking what the splitting of Hangouts into two enterprise apps meant for consumer users, Fulay suggested that consumer Hangouts is “not going anywhere.” That, of course, doesn’t tell us if we’ll all be moving over to Hangouts Chat or if the current Hangouts is sticking around for a while. My guess is that Hangouts will remain and Hangouts Chat will be a separate, new app.

As for Allo and Duo, news of Hangouts becoming Chat and Meet is another sign that Google is distancing the former messaging champion from Google’s newer consumer offerings. Allo and Duo are it for consumers, and Fulay all-but-admitted that even though Google kills off apps and services regularly without warning, that Google is “in Allo and Duo for the long, long run.”

Responses like that prompted additional users to then probe him over a roadmap for Allo, because things like SMS and a desktop app seem like important additions if we are all going to get on board and switch from Hangouts. Fulay doesn’t seem to want to commit to SMS, but he did say a couple of times that they are working on that desktop version of Allo that was teased not long ago.

So why the reluctance to get into SMS integration? The Tweet below could be a hint. While Fulay doesn’t specifically say anything about SMS, his suggestion that they are building apps that “serve us towards 2020 not 2010,” might be a jab at older communications tech like SMS. Then again, Google has also gone all-in on RCS, so who knows.

Either way, things shouldn’t change much for the time being. This is Google, though.

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Google Goes All-In With Hangouts as a Business Tool, Breaks It Into Two Apps: Meet and Chat https://www.droid-life.com/2017/03/09/google-hangouts-meet-chat-enterprise-wtf/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/03/09/google-hangouts-meet-chat-enterprise-wtf/#comments Thu, 09 Mar 2017 19:24:01 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=197769

Hey, I’ve got Hangouts news for you! Will you like the news? That depends! Will you be 100% f*cking confused by it? That also depends! Let’s talk about it! Exclamation point! Today, at Google Cloud’s Next conference, the company announced the future of Hangouts. As you all know, Hangouts has basically been put on the backburner … Continued

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Hey, I’ve got Hangouts news for you! Will you like the news? That depends! Will you be 100% f*cking confused by it? That also depends! Let’s talk about it! Exclamation point!

Today, at Google Cloud’s Next conference, the company announced the future of Hangouts. As you all know, Hangouts has basically been put on the backburner as a consumer product with Allo in the wild now. During the day’s keynote, they tried to clean-up what is to come and that’s Hangouts becoming two products: Meet and Chat.

Ready for this fun? 

Hangouts Meet

Hangouts Meet is Google’s new collaborative video chatting or video meeting service. It went live a couple of weeks ago and confused a bunch of us, but now that we know Google’s plan, it makes more sense. You can access Meet right here on the web or via Google Play.

hangouts meet

Meet is supposed to be an ultra-fast, ultra-light, and ultra-easy video chatting service that takes little work to get into. In a way, it might be like Duo for business folks, only it supports at least 30 people at a time and can be put on your Calendar.

Google explains it as:

With Meet, native, full-screen presenting makes it easy to showcase your team’s projects. And as Meet integrates directly with G Suite, information you need about each meeting is automatically pulled from Calendar. For our G Suite Enterprise customers, each meeting comes with a dedicated dial-in phone number, so team members on the road can feel connected and productive in meetings despite wi-fi or data issues.

If you want to get all-up in some Hangouts Meet, jump over to Meet’s dedicated page and have at it. Meet is available today to Google’s enterprise folks.

Hangouts Chat

As for Hangouts Chat, well, this is where Google turns Hangouts into Slack, the collaborative messaging tool that so many nerdy journalists and techies won’t ever shut up about. In other words, Hangouts Chat is becoming more than just a messaging app and will soon allow you to fully manage projects, create groups or rooms, and include 3rd party services (like Asana, Box, Zendesk, Xero, and Zapier).

Here, take a look at it:

Google says that Hangouts Chat has a smart assistant built into it, though it’s not called Assistant, it’s called @Meet. But you’ll be able to call up @Meet to figure out good times for meetings, plus you can also message at the other apps you want to use like Asana, by messaging @Asana. You can assign tasks or add participants, whatever you might want from a modern collaborative messaging platform.

Hangouts Chat isn’t quite ready for stardom just yet and is available for now only through Google’s Early Adopter Program.

Wait, what?

I know, right!? So if Hangouts is now two apps, what about the Hangouts we all currently use for communication? I don’t know! I’m assuming we still use it today like we have been, and as Hangouts Chat rolls out, we might have to find something else or continue using regular Hangouts. Google hasn’t said. Maybe they will soon, because yeah, we’re confused about the future of the consumer side of Hangouts that still exists today.

Via: Google

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Google Will No Longer Require Hangouts to be Bundled on New Hardware https://www.droid-life.com/2016/10/07/google-hangouts-duo/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/10/07/google-hangouts-duo/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2016 22:08:44 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=192339

According to an email from Google to Google Mobile Services partners, reported by Android Police, Hangouts is getting a gentle kick out of the door. Set to begin this December 1, Google will no longer require Hangouts to be preinstalled on new hardware from OEMs, which is part of something typically referred to as the package of … Continued

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According to an email from Google to Google Mobile Services partners, reported by Android Police, Hangouts is getting a gentle kick out of the door. Set to begin this December 1, Google will no longer require Hangouts to be preinstalled on new hardware from OEMs, which is part of something typically referred to as the package of “gapps.” This package also contains apps like Gmail, Drive, Maps, and a few others. 

Replacing Hangouts will be Duo, not Allo, which should now come preinstalled on all new Android hardware in 2017 and beyond. Be aware, though, Google notes that Hangouts is no longer required to come installed, but that does not mean Google is going to kill it or OEMs will stop packaging it. While plenty of hardware makers have their own messaging services, it’s possible a few may still package Hangouts, as it is listed as “Optional.” Additionally, Hangouts will still be available for download on Google Play, so don’t worry, it’s not dying… yet.

Here’s the message Google sent out.

Today, we are announcing that Google Duo will replace Hangouts within the suite of core GMS apps, and Hangouts will become GMS Optional for telephony products. This change will take effect on December 1, 2016.

Does this move affect you? It shouldn’t, since Hangouts will continue to be downloadable from Google Play. Would Allo make more sense, at least in terms of a messaging service? Yes, but there’s nothing wrong with Google pushing a video messaging service, either.

Via: Android Police

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Hangouts Chrome Extension Getting ‘New Experience’ on August 31 https://www.droid-life.com/2016/08/26/google-hangouts-extension/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/08/26/google-hangouts-extension/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:41:09 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=190640

An update for the Hangouts extension on Chrome is inbound, one that Google states is pretty much required to use. On August 31, the update will go live via the Chrome Store, and for new users, the updated version will be the default Hangouts “experience” they must use. However, for existing users, they can choose to not update … Continued

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An update for the Hangouts extension on Chrome is inbound, one that Google states is pretty much required to use. On August 31, the update will go live via the Chrome Store, and for new users, the updated version will be the default Hangouts “experience” they must use. However, for existing users, they can choose to not update to the new experience, at least until Google forces them to on October 16.

So, what is in this new experience that makes it required to use? According to Google’s rather short post, “the new experience brings together multiple chat windows into one and makes it easier to see more chat content.” For anyone using the current Hangouts extension, this is essentially what we have already been using. Instead of multiple little chat windows, all of Hangouts will remain in one window, with users still able to pop-out a chat if they wish. 

To sum it up, if you are a new user of the Hangouts extension beginning August 31, the new experience will be default for you. Existing users, you can choose whether to opt-in or not until October 16, at which point it will also become the default experience for you, too.

Check out the Hangouts extension by following the link below.

Chrome Store Link

Via: Google

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Hangouts Will Get a Business Focus Going Forward as Allo Becomes the Consumer Star https://www.droid-life.com/2016/08/16/hangouts-will-get-business-focus-going-forward-allo-becomes-consumer-star/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/08/16/hangouts-will-get-business-focus-going-forward-allo-becomes-consumer-star/#comments Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:13:45 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=190211

At Google I/O in May, Google introduced the world to new messaging and video apps called Allo and Duo that left many of us wondering what the future of Hangouts would be. After all, Hangouts was originally released as the do-all messaging app of the future, where messaging and video chatting and SMS and Google … Continued

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At Google I/O in May, Google introduced the world to new messaging and video apps called Allo and Duo that left many of us wondering what the future of Hangouts would be. After all, Hangouts was originally released as the do-all messaging app of the future, where messaging and video chatting and SMS and Google Voice would all come together to rid us of having to use two or three or six different apps. Of course, that vision has never aligned and Hangouts has been the butt of jokes for years as users in the consumer space flock to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Going forward, Google appears to be ready to admit defeat, in a way, once Allo launches and Hangouts gets an enterprise focus. 

According to Google’s Nick Fox who spoke with Engadget, Hangouts won’t be going anywhere and is going to continue to live on as its frustrating self, but as it grows, it may get a business focus. That means that Allo is going to be the consumer star that Google will want you to use for messaging with friends and family.

Fox says that some of the Hangouts focus for the enterprise has to do with it being attached to your Google account and the access that brings to other Google services (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, etc.). On the other hand, it’s just not that simple of an app with its all-in-one approach, yet does work good as a collaboration tool. And that’s probably where we’ll continue to see it grow is in the collaboration space.

Again, Hangouts isn’t going anywhere any time soon (if ever), but it doesn’t sound like Google wants us using it for those casual conversations. Instead, Google wants us on Allo and Duo and the new features (like Google Assistant embedded) they bring. Plus, they only require a phone number, not a Google account.

Via:  Engadget

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Google is Moving Hangouts On Air From Google+, Bringing It to YouTube Live https://www.droid-life.com/2016/08/15/google-hangouts-on-air-youtube/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/08/15/google-hangouts-on-air-youtube/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:26:27 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=190197

Google, a company known well for its redundancy, is making a move to eliminate a small portion of its duplicate services. For the past few months at least, those looking to produce their own live podcasts could choose between Hangouts on Air (intertwined with Google+) or YouTube Live (essentially the same as Hangouts on Air, but … Continued

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Google, a company known well for its redundancy, is making a move to eliminate a small portion of its duplicate services. For the past few months at least, those looking to produce their own live podcasts could choose between Hangouts on Air (intertwined with Google+) or YouTube Live (essentially the same as Hangouts on Air, but locked to YouTube). In an announcement made this afternoon, Google will end Hangouts on Air via Google+, and is moving everyone to YouTube Live.

Taking The Droid Life Show as an example, nothing is changing. Essentially, instead of starting our stream via the Hangouts website or extension, we simply boot up a livestream through YouTube’s Creator Studio interface. There’s no new account to setup or anything difficult about the transition. If anything, this should save people a headache, as there will no longer be two services providing the exact same experience across two separate platforms.

Officially, everyone will need to do their streaming from YouTube Live beginning September 12. For anyone with a scheduled Hangouts on Air session on or after that date, you will need to reschedule it using YouTube Live.

The only downside, at least from what I can see, YouTube Live does not support Q&A, Showcase, or Applause. These are little extensions used with Hangouts on Air that grant the streamer additional things to do, such as interact with viewers. If you need a Q&A feature for your stream, simply ask people to submit questions via a social network.

Seriously, death to redundancy.

Via: Google

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Hangouts Version 11 Will Kill Conversation Merging Because No One Uses It https://www.droid-life.com/2016/07/13/hangouts-kills-conversation-merging/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/07/13/hangouts-kills-conversation-merging/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:04:12 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=188921

According to a support page posted by Google, the next update to Hangouts (which will be for version 11.0), will remove the option for conversation merging. This features allows instant messages and SMS messages from the same contact to appear in a single thread. Why is it being killed? Well, Google claims no one is using it, so instead … Continued

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According to a support page posted by Google, the next update to Hangouts (which will be for version 11.0), will remove the option for conversation merging. This features allows instant messages and SMS messages from the same contact to appear in a single thread.

Why is it being killed? Well, Google claims no one is using it, so instead of continuing to support it, they will simply kill it off entirely.

Google states that once version 11.0 is booted up on your device for the first time, your merged conversations will now appear as two separate threads. None of the messages will be deleted, so don’t worry about losing any information.

Moving forward, just to make sure you are texting and messaging in the proper thread, be on the lookout for icons that currently appear (or don’t appear) on your threads. No icon means its a Hangouts message, Gray SMS box means carrier text, and Blue SMS box means its a Google Voice or Project Fi text.

With this being announced, be on the lookout for Hangouts version 11.0 soon!

Via: Google

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Even With Allo on the Way, Google Says Hangouts Won’t Go Anywhere https://www.droid-life.com/2016/05/19/even-allo-way-google-says-hangouts-wont-go-anywhere/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/05/19/even-allo-way-google-says-hangouts-wont-go-anywhere/#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 14:25:44 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=186555

Google may have surprised many with yesterday’s introduction of Allo, a WhatsApp-like messaging client, but I think it’s safe to assume that a number of us quickly went from, “This looks like a great app!” to “But wait, what happens to Hangouts?” According to Google, Hangouts isn’t going anywhere for the time being.  A spokesperson … Continued

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Google may have surprised many with yesterday’s introduction of Allo, a WhatsApp-like messaging client, but I think it’s safe to assume that a number of us quickly went from, “This looks like a great app!” to “But wait, what happens to Hangouts?” According to Google, Hangouts isn’t going anywhere for the time being. 

A spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider that Google will “continuing to invest in Hangouts and it will remain a standalone product.”

While Allo has the potential to confuse those trying to figure out which messaging app of Google’s they should use (let’s not forget about Messenger either), it does make sense for Hangouts to live on. After all, Allo only requires that you have a phone number, not a Google account. On the flip side, with Hangouts, you still have a messaging platform that is deeply embedded in Google products because it does require a Google connection. Allo is very much a stand-alone client that has Google built inside of it. That make sense?

So have no fear, Hangouts isn’t dying…yet.

Via:  Business Insider

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Google Introduces Messaging App Allo, New Video Chat App Duo https://www.droid-life.com/2016/05/18/google-allo-duo-messaging-apps/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/05/18/google-allo-duo-messaging-apps/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 20:23:43 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=186489

In an announcement no one saw coming today at Google I/O, Google went ahead and unveiled two new apps, one for messaging and another for video chatting. The apps are called Allo and Duo, respectively. Unfortunately, Google was just previewing the apps today and hasn’t made them available, but they did talk plenty about them. … Continued

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In an announcement no one saw coming today at Google I/O, Google went ahead and unveiled two new apps, one for messaging and another for video chatting. The apps are called Allo and Duo, respectively.

Unfortunately, Google was just previewing the apps today and hasn’t made them available, but they did talk plenty about them. This is what you need to know. 

Allo

Allo is an app that Google is calling a “smart” messaging app that is tied to your phone number (sort of like WhatsApp). Because it’s tied to your phone number, hopefully it becomes easier for you to convince other people to use it, since it will also just be tied to their phone number. Or as Google puts it, this idea lets you easily get in touch with the people in your phonebook (and probably send them an invite to use Allo).

With Allo, you get a mostly standard messaging client, but it tries to learn from you over time to show suggestions that allow you to have conversations without typing. It learns if you are a “haha” or “lol” person, can suggest responses based off of photos being shared (yep, it does photos too), and brings the power of the new Google Assistant.

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By using Google Assistant, Allo brings you Google inside of your app (Think the iOS-only Gboard but better!). That means you can chat with the new Assistant and get things done without leaving your chat app. You can book dinner reservations, edit photos, get sports scores, play games, use Search/Maps/YouTube/Translate, check your calendar, see flight information, photos from your last trip, and more. You can ask the assistant (by typing @google) if your flight is delayed or what the weather is like, find soccer highlights, etc., all within Allo.

You can even setup an incognito conversation to allow Allo to encrypt your chat.

Pretty sweet, right?

Duo

As for Duo, this is Google’s new one-on-one video chatting app that is supposedly really fast. Google says that this should work flawlessly across both slow and fast connections, which means you can video chat at all times if you want, from anywhere.

The app has a Knock Knock feature that shows you who is calling on video before you answer, displays video chats in 720p (HD), and sports end-to-end encryption.

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Both apps are now live on Google Play for pre-registration. As I mentioned earlier, they won’t be available until “this summer.”

Play Links:  Allo | Duo

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Via:  Google

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Hangouts 8.0 is Out, Includes Inline Notification Replies for Android N https://www.droid-life.com/2016/03/10/hangouts-8-0-is-out-includes/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/03/10/hangouts-8-0-is-out-includes/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2016 23:16:27 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=183237

An update to Hangouts started rolling out last night on Android and has picked up steam today, bringing with it support for Android N’s inline notification responding. The update is v8.0, though we aren’t seeing much new on Marshmallow devices. It really seems like this update was pushed with Android N in mind.  If you … Continued

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An update to Hangouts started rolling out last night on Android and has picked up steam today, bringing with it support for Android N’s inline notification responding. The update is v8.0, though we aren’t seeing much new on Marshmallow devices. It really seems like this update was pushed with Android N in mind. 

If you are running the developer preview of N, installing this allows you to respond to Hangouts messages from within the notification shade. As you can see in the image above, a quick tap on “reply” within a notification opens a reply box and send button for quick messaging. During the entire reply, you are never taken from the notification shade. It’s super slick and you’ll want to give it a shot.

The update should also add Android N’s new bundled notifications to Hangouts as well.

You can install via Google Play or sideload the apk that we collected.

Play Link | Download Link (v8.0.116581895)

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