Google Swaps Gmail Video Chat with Google+ Hangouts

Paul Lilly

Having already conquered search, Google seems to have set its sights on doing everything in its power to promote its Google+ network. There's no need to feign surprise, then, that Google its giving is Gmail video chat service a makeover with Google+ Hangouts. The alteration upgrades Gmail's peer-to-peer based video chat feature with "more modern video calling technology" that promises to improve reliability and enhance video quality, as well as allow Gmail users to connect with people using Google+.

"Since the introduction of Gmail video chat back in 2008, many of you have told us that you love the direct, personal communication it provides. That's why we're excited to announce that video chat is being upgraded to a more modern video calling technology -- Google+ Hangouts," Google announced in a blog post .

Google says Gmail users will still be able to chat with the same people as before, only now they'll be able to reach them in a variety of places, not just when they're using Gmail. There are several side benefits too, like being able to chat with up to nine people at once, collaborate on Google documents, share screens, and the ability to watch YouTube videos together.

The makeover is already being rolled out, though it won't be completely finished for a few more weeks.

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