Video Hangouts no longer require a Google+ account

Video Hangouts no longer require a Google+ account
There has been a lot of news over the past day about Hangouts, and now we have news that will make our own PhoneArena community member Mxy quite happy indeed. If you haven't noticed, Google has been disconnecting Google+ from other apps, and now it has been disconnected from Hangouts, meaning you don't need to have a Plus account to use Hangouts video chat.

We would point out though that you were never really forced to use Google+ as some believe. For a while there, Google+ came as an automatic part of a Google account, but all that really meant was that you had to use a name that looked real (even if it wasn't). Actually using Google+ was never a requirement. However, Hangouts was born in Google+ and so it makes sense that it would have been connected to the service at first. Now, Hangouts has broken out and exists in Gmail and as its own app on Android and iOS, so Plus isn't necessary. 

So, Google Apps users and those without a Google+ account can use Hangouts to video calls with up to 15 people. You can also create, edit, or join a Hangout from a Google Calendar entry, which is pretty nice. This is part of the new Hangouts update that has pushed out to both Android and iOS, so if you have version 2.3 on Android, or version 2.2 on iOS, you'll be good to go. 

source: Google via Droid Life

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10 Comments

1. HASHTAG unregistered

Watch Mxy still be unhappy. No hate, Myx. I still think you're an awesome commenter!

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I only aim to please.

2. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

third class service called hangout like sucidal . all time need buggy google account

3. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

When is last time you used hangouts......have you ever used hangouts first?????

11. zaindamudi unregistered

hangouts poor quality of video calling service and no option for only voice call, on 10MB connection in DXB.

4. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I think hangouts is better linked with G+...

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

The name should be changed IMO if hangouts is like face time on iOS it kinda makes us sound a little corny. Like "hey you wanna Google hangout?" Vs "hey you wanna face time?" Lol

7. 90ninjas unregistered

Well by what you're saying.. Wouldn't you say 'Apple face time' which doesn't sound any better.

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Both names suck. Couldn't you just say video chat?

10. Blazers

Posts: 733; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Now if they would separate Photos into it's own stand-alone app, I would be happy. Google+ is just a CPU hog, and a battery drain. I'm constantly having to force stop it and clear the data. I can't disable it without disabling Photos too.

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