Hangouts for Android, iOS, and Chrome is now live

Hangouts for Android, iOS, and Chrome is now live
The announcement was made just a couple hours ago, and the new integrated chat app from Google called Hangouts has now gone live for Android, iOS, and Chrome.

This is the integrated messaging app that you've been waiting for from Google. When you install it on your Android device, it will replace Google Talk completely. It took a few tries to sign in at first, but once we got in, it asked us to confirm our phone number, which was not for public viewing, but simply to make it easier for the app to handle video Hangout requests. 

Who can contact you is controlled by your Google+ Circles, and there is some major brains behind this, because you may not even notice it if you don't open the settings. If you drill into the settings menu, you'll see options for controlling who can contact you, and your Circles are automatically filtered with Google magic. So, your Friends and Family Circles will be able to contact you without trouble, but more far removed Circles will only be able to request a Hangout with you. And, of course you can change these settings at will. 

Hangouts is also available for Chrome, and when you install the Chrome app, it will live in a pop-up shade in the bottom right of your browser window. It's quite a lot like the original Google Talk app that existed for Chromebooks, if any of you out there got to play with an early CR48. 

One odd thing is that Google Play is saying the app isn't compatible with the Nexus 7. No idea what that's about.

If you want to try out Hangouts, it's available for free in the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store, and Chrome Store.


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19 Comments

1. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Cool !!

2. red_fox unregistered

I liked Google talk, and now it gets even better.

3. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Hoping this gets inverted just like Talk!

4. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Yeah i really like the new UI of the Popping Cards like in the Google NOW ....awesome !!! GO Google!!!! FTW !!!

5. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

Doesn't seem to be compatible with my Motorola Xoom, no Android tablet support?

6. red_fox unregistered

Yeah my nexus 7 is also incompatible, it's looks like there is still no tablet support yet.

7. JeffPom unregistered

My Razr "Talk" just updated by itself to Hangouts - not even a play app update... Apparently. Because I got no notification of an update. I went to the Play Store, searched Hangouts, and it said "formerly talk" and my only option was to Open. It also did not ask me for any phone number notification.... And is not listed in my apps as "Hangouts" Basically - nothing changed. I haven't done any messaging yet to see for sure.... but it's all the same. Still listed as "Talk" - same icon, same name, and same look in the app. Plus - not available on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)

14. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

My wife's Nexus had that issue too. If your Talk app hasn't changed, then Hangouts hasn't actually been installed. You need to go to the Play Store on a computer and install from there.

15. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Hi michael, but how did you manage to install from a pc if you canĀ“t uninstall talk?

16. Coopcho

Posts: 4; Member since: May 16, 2013

Yes like @marbovo said, I can't uninstall the old Talk to install the Hangouts app. And both my phone and my pc is telling me that Hangouts are already installed on my devices which is quite strange..

18. JeffPom unregistered

Thank you for your help, but when on the store on a browser... it just tells me it has been installed on my devices. Which - as I described - is not true.

19. JeffPom unregistered

Nevermind - updated just now.

8. JeffPom unregistered

Am I missing something? I also don't have those settings.

9. sss_ddk

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I think I will pass (if I can) until they bring back invisible mode.

10. flame-of-nova

Posts: 3; Member since: May 15, 2013

Is that a new Nexus7 on 0:21 of the video

11. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

looks new to me

12. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

at 0:36 I see android 4.3!!

13. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Still not as good as iMessage, i miss it :(

17. DRAPicard

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 05, 2011

I got to use it for the first time this morning on Chrome for PC.....I was not impressed with it. It pops out as a seperate open app on the taskbar on the bottom of the screen which I am not a fan of (especially when I need to use it at work and don't want everyone knowing all of my open chats!!!). It also appears in every open tab of Chrome instead of just in Gmail/other Google sites, which I am also not a fan of. And if I minimized the pop up of the conversation, I did not get any indications of a new message that was sent in, so I had to randomly check back in to see if I missed anything. It is not available on my Nexus 7, which shows lack of good planning on Google's part. Why would you not have it available on one of your own branded devices that is so popular? I have not been able to try it out yet on my phone so I don't know how different it is on there, but I did notice that it was officially changed to "Hangouts" versus "Talk".

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