Users who have enjoyed video chatting over Gmail since 2008 should prepare to say their last goodbye to this feature. Starting this week, Google will replace this video chat with Google+ Hangouts.
According to the Gmail team, Google+ Hangouts is more superior to Gmail’s video chat, which is based on peer-to-peer technology.
“Hangouts utilize the power of Google’s network to deliver higher reliability and enhanced quality.”
Moreover, Hangouts enables users to chat with their old Gmail video chat buddies not only through Gmail but also via Google+ using iOS and Android devices.
Google is also keen on promoting its very own social network. In the past, the company has attempted to integrate the features of Google Maps, Gmail, and other Google services into Google+, saying that if you are logged in to any of them, you’re already using Google+.
Hangouts also beats Gmail’s video chat in quality. The latter had a tendency to sputter and occasionally quit, causing users to turn to more reliable options such as Skype and Apple’s FaceTime. However, this annoying glitch does not occur in Google Hangouts.
Additionally, it’s easier to add new people to a meeting at Hangouts and audio is impressively good at long distances. Hence, there is a good chance that Hangouts will become one of the best free teleconferencing alternative to Cisco’s Telepresence.
Furthermore, Google Hangouts is slated to get fun features such the ability to add personal decorations to your display screen, including moustaches, beards, halos, and even animal masks.