Google+ Hangouts have become one of the most popular uses of the rapidly growing social network. Until now, they were relegated to the desktop, making users pine for mobile support. Today, Google announced that they have made Hangouts available for phones running 2.3+. This is amazing news and will certainly make the feature more widely used now that they can be done anywhere and on-the-go.
To use the feature, once you see a Hangout in your Stream, just click Join and you should be all set.
The new version of the Google+ app will be rolling out today, so if you don't have it yet, sit tight. For those who don't have the app yet, see the links after the break. For those with friends and family on iOS, they promised Hangouts will arrive soon. Until then, you can tease them about Hanging out right from your Android phone.
Also of note: Google+ has opened registration to everyone -- no more invites needed. Hangouts also can be broadcast for all to see, plus Hangout APIs have been released, and Google's added better search functionality. Check it all out at the link below!
[update] Google announced a bunch new features for the Google+ Android app in addition to Hangouts:
- US and India users can post, respond and receive notifications via SMS (you need to verify your phone number in settings)
- Improved + mention support
- Edit your Profile photo
- Customize notifications
- Support to move to SD card
- Huddle is now Messenger
- You can share photos via Messenger now (killing Pool Party makes sense now)
Source: Official Google Blog