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Hangouts for Android, iOS, and Chrome is now live

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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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posted on 15 May 2013, 15:20

1. XaErO (Posts: 333; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

Cool !!

posted on 15 May 2013, 15:26 1

2. red_fox (unregistered)

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

posted on 15 May 2013, 16:05

3. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Hoping this gets inverted just like Talk!

posted on 15 May 2013, 16:12 1

4. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)

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

posted on 15 May 2013, 16:41

5. djripster (Posts: 138; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 15 May 2013, 16:44

6. red_fox (unregistered)

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

posted on 15 May 2013, 17:21 1

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)

posted on 16 May 2013, 10:30

14. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 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.

posted on 16 May 2013, 11:56 1

15. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)

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

posted on 16 May 2013, 13:34

16. Coopcho (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 May 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..

posted on 16 May 2013, 17:43

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.

posted on 17 May 2013, 16:55

19. JeffPom (unregistered)

Nevermind - updated just now.

posted on 15 May 2013, 17:22

8. JeffPom (unregistered)

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

posted on 15 May 2013, 17:41

9. sss_ddk (Posts: 74; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 15 May 2013, 18:03 1

10. flame-of-nova (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 May 2013)

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

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:13

11. milesboy5 (Posts: 179; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

looks new to me

posted on 15 May 2013, 21:27

12. grahaman27 (Posts: 361; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

at 0:36 I see android 4.3!!

posted on 15 May 2013, 22:23

13. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)

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

posted on 16 May 2013, 13:50

17. DRAPicard (Posts: 27; Member since: 05 Nov 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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