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Google improves Hangouts call quality via peer-to-peer connections

Google is making some changes to Hangouts when it comes to peer-to-peer calls. The mod will improve audio and video quality of your calls on the app because it will reduce the number of hoops the signal must pass through.

 

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The downside to this change in Hangouts is that both IP addresses of the callers will be revealed. This will in turn make it easier for someone to know your location. For most users, this will not constitute a problem but some people may use their accounts on professional affairs and need their location to be kept secret.

 

There is the case when Hangouts will not be able to make a peer-to-peer connection, when the service will make a connection via servers. This is an internal change that will not affect your usual use of the app if all goes well, it may even improve your call quality overall.

 

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Hangouts v5.1 release brings disappointingly small bug fixes

Hangouts v5.1 started rolling out yesterday and it has just as many new perks as versions 4.0 and 5.0 – which is basically none. This new update will not be action-packed either as is only brings some small bug fixes for the animated GIFs and same old interface. The update is also available on the iOS App Store and the changes are just as minimal.

 

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The changelog mentions little details regarding the update, apart from some improvements in the send button and the interface. The improvements offer no visual impact and they do not affect the overall performance of the app.

 

Official changelog:

  • Bug fixes and performance improvements
  • Updates to send button
  • User interface and accessibility improvements.

 

The changes do not look particularly interesting but we can hope that the lag spikes and the bug that prevented new messages from opening a new chat window are fixed.

 

You can download the APK from Google below; it is a secured file with a cryptographic signature that guarantees is has not been tampered with. If you do not want to wait for the official Hangouts update, you can download and install it yourself.

 

File name: com.google.android.talk_5.1.105976615-22662802_minAPI21(armeabi-v7a)(nodpi).apk

Version: 5.1.105976615 (22662802)

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Google Hangouts just got its own site today!

Google Hangouts just got its own sweet web page! After being an extension or an app for so long, Google’s response at a Messenger option finally got its own home and it is looking good. If you want to chat with a friend, have a voice call or send an emoji, you can do so from https://hangouts.google.com . Plus, you have everything related to your Google account, including your mobile device data, at a click’s distance!

 

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This page has not broken from the parent domain, at least not yet. It appears that domain names are not Google’s priority, as someone else owns the Hangouts domain already.

 

Why did Google Hangouts change?

This change can be examined as an example of Google’s separation of services following the shift to Alphabet, along with the Photos product. How many people will switch from the Hangouts extension to the page version is unclear, but if more options appear, things could rapidly change.

 

 

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This change is a great branding exercise for Google. It is mainly done because the company is testing waters with powerful brands such as Facebook, Snapchat or Microsoft. Google now has Photos and Hangouts going on, while Facebook uses Messenger and Instagram as extensions of its services. More and more social media platforms are stretching their tendrils out and Google – being one of the most powerful entities on the internet – better get in the game.

 

Source: Techcrunch

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[App of the day] Touchless Chat allows you to send messages on popular messaging applications such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber by using your voice

Some developers love the virtual world and believe so much in creating the perfect experience that they strive to cultivate the perfect app. Touchless Chat could be such a thing, especially since it will push your phone to new limits. The app uses Google Now command integration as well as your voice in order to help you interact better via your device. You can thus interact via voice commands when it comes to sending messages to contacts. This way you can initiate conversations through your voice, without having to type.

 

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Touchless Chat requires quite a few permissions in order to work, including notification access, device administrator, and accessibility. Just say “thank you” you won’t need root access. The app lets users communicate with contacts from different widgets or through Google now and they can reply to incoming messages too by allowing you to choose a preferred app for each contact as well as a language to use when talking to them and a nickname to help you recognize them easier.

 

 

The app supports Hangouts, SMS, WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Skype and other messaging applications. It also presents automated Smart Repliers that reads messages and sends specific replies when you are busy.

Touchless Chat is free to try but it will show a link to the app on every message you send. You can get rid of that if you make an in-app purchase that starts at $2 but that may go up as time goes by.

 

[googleplay url=”https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joaomgcd.touchlesschat”]

 

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Snowball – the little free app that keeps all of your social media messages together!

Snowball is the newest addition to the panoply of social media apps that keep things together for you and only you! The app is guided by the idea of unifying messaging apps that float above the rest of Android on your screen. It even throws in a pretty mascot!

Snowball is usually hidden on a side of your screen but you can see some slide-out circles you can interact with at your leisure when the time comes. When a compatible app gets a new chat notification, a circle pops out and the little snowman mascot will wave at you and try to get your attention. When you tap the pretty face you will open a window on top of everything you are doing and you will see the latest messages you got.

At the moment, Snowball supports Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, SnapChat, line, WeChat, Slack and Twitter and SMS apps.

 

 

The thing is when you tap on the Snowball face you will actually open the appropriate app because Snowball does not reply from its own window. It is basically secondary notification software that organizes your social media apps. 

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Hangouts – new and improved from Google to you

A new Google app is making its way on our devices today, and it is an improved version of Hangouts. It is supposed to keep your desktop much cleaner while it still lets you chat with whoever you want with no issue.

The truth is the Hangouts app looks much more similar to Facebook’s Messenger app where the round icons float over the screen when someone contacts you. The novelty is in the fact that Hangouts lets you drag and drop icons wherever you like. You can click on an icon to talk to someone and the chat window will appear.

This update will work on Chrome browsers and through the Windows extension as well. There is no update for the OS X yet and the Chrome extension is not listed yet.

Below you can see just how new and improved Hangouts actually is. It even includes voice calls so that you can work when talking to your friends too!

Source: Google

 

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