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Are you a Gmail user who enjoys the video chat feature? Starting now, and rolling out gradually over the next few weeks, that feature is going to be going through a major change. The feature will now go through Google+ Hangouts instead of the standard chat it used before.

For people who do not use Google Plus, you will still be able to make use of the improved features that come with this update. If you and the person you are speaking with both have Google+, you will get “even more from the Hangouts experience.” Either way, this is not an optional update, and whether or not you are a Plus user, your Gmail video chats will use Hangout’s infrastructure.

So what is the benefit for Gmail users? The first is that the old Gmail chat relied on peer-to-peer technology and Hangouts uses Google’s infrastructure for improved performance. In addition, you get the benefits of having up to nine people chatting at once, watching YouTube videos together and sharing your screen with each other.

For those professional meetings, Google+ Hangouts offers plenty of corny effects you can add. You can give yourself a stylish mustache and other fun stuff.

Overall, this is a great update for Gmail. It keeps the same video calling functionality that users expect with some cool improvements. It adds some better performance and cool features that should improve the user experience overall.

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Source: Gmail Blog

  1. Steve
    August 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    hangout is such a crap, old video call was way for usage as for would be a good thing if there would be option when you want to use hangout and when you would like to use regular video call as it was...

  2. Nguyen Tran
    August 2, 2012 at 3:15 am

    I've just used it. It's really cool

  3. Liam Ellery
    August 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Awesome, i use this all the time

  4. sherin
    August 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    is there a way we could remove this?? i dont like the look of add on google hangout to my gmail ???


    • Adam
      August 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      I agree, I want to remove the Hangout icon from my chat sidebar in Gmail. Before its addition, the "Custom message" text box was right under my icon; now, I have to click the arrow to set my custom message. Having that back would be much more helpful than the "Search people" text box.

      I don't have the voice and video chat plugin installed, so I don't see any way to get rid of Hangout.

  5. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    August 1, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Another good reason to use Hangouts.

  6. Rigoberto Garcia
    July 31, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Excellent. You take something and enjoy it. Thanks Dave...

  7. Yash Desai
    July 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    thank god, now i dont have to download teamviewer everytime my dad needs help

  8. Rohan Jagtap
    July 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I like anything that improves efficiency and quality.

  9. Fausto Asu
    July 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Hangouts by default. Great news.

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