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Google has released an update to its social network app on Android today that should please Hangout enthusiasts both young and old. For starters, now you can join Hangouts on Air via your mobile device (like the one we use to broadcast our weekly podcast every Thursday at 8pm EST hint hint). This is fantastic news as Hangouts on Air are among the most useful application of the already-awesome Hangouts feature. Unfortunately, until recently, you could only join via a desktop, but no more!

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Additionally, Google is now allowing teens to create and join Hangouts via mobile. Which, apparently, they could not do before. I have no kids and it's been a very long time since I was a teenager, so news to me! Hopefully Google has considered some kind of parental controls as well—giving teenagers the ability to broadcast video of themselves from a mobile phone to anyone on Google+ seems like a PR nightmare waiting to happen—but either way, now the youngun's can get in on the group-video-chat-with-pirate-hats action.

Aside from those two big ones, a few minor features have been introduced as well. Shortcuts for post creation have been added to the main feed, users can now report abuse on Events pages, and something called "floating timestamp in photos view" that I'm sure will make at least three people squeal with glee. Somewhere.

The update is available via the Play Store right now. Go check it out!

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    cool. My friend did Hangouts on Air, and I couldn't join them.

    Now I can!

  • Matti

    Anyone else getting this nasty flicker when you scroll to the top of the feeds on a Nexus 7?
    Doesn't seem to happen on my Galaxy Nexus, though.

  • David Kinlay

    Interesting article, please keep the teenagers safe

  • Matthew Fry

    Nice, but I won't install G+ again until it stops draining my battery in a matter of hours without ever opening it...

    • LazarusDark

      That makes no sense. G+ app never hits more than 2 or 3 percent on my phone, its actually one of the more battery efficient apps considering im on it all day long. What phone/rom are you on?

      • Matthew Fry

        Epic 4G on CM9 stable.

  • alejandroo80

    It's a very nice feature, but still you can't do a hangout from a PC to another contact on a mobile device, I don't know if is a ROM related bug oo if is from the app itself, I've tried on ICS and JB, same problem. On the other hand making a hangout with my mobile divice (SGS II) and other friend on the iphone 4, no problem at all.