Google+ Hangouts just got much better

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If you use Google Hangouts, then you undoubtedly know that they are a great, easy way to quickly connect with friends and family via video and voice.  Until now, however, it’s been difficult to use them for serious business meetings and webinar-style get togethers because there has been no good way to pause, rewind, or record live On Air broadcasts except with clunky third-party apps.

That’s changed.

Now you can use TiVo-like controls over a live broadcast you’re watching so you can jump up for that potty break or to grab an important call.

In addition to this great feature, On Air videos can now be published immediately instead of waiting during the “processing..” dialogue.  On Air videos are now processed as they air, in near-real-time.

This means that it takes a few moments longer to get your Hangout started, but otherwise, things are perfect.  For those of us who often use our mobile devices to participate in Hangouts and do On Air shows.. Google has also improved how connectivity is handled so that slow connections or connections that periodically drop for a moment or two don’t mean a closed Hangout.  For viewers, live broadcasts now begin without a page refresh.

With Hangouts now on many of the Google services we use daily, like Android and the new Glass, this is a big step forward towards making it an integrated part of how we communicate.


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