If case you don't remember, Google announced Helpouts back in August. It's a different take on Hangouts where experts can make their assistance available via a video chat session for a fee or free of charge. Google has been laying the groundwork for a public rollout of the service, but no dates have been made official. We've been passed some information by a trusted source that says November 5th is the big day – that's just one week away.


The notification was apparently only sent out to some of those who have had their Helpouts approved by Google. The website listings are going live in a private fashion so pre-approved users can get things set up, but the rest of us will have to wait.

You can still request access to Helpouts right now, but it might be much easier to get started after the public launch. Stay tuned.

[Thanks, Anon]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Luckbuckets

    well... someone doesnt read parentheses...

    • Cherokee4Life

      I bet Google only sent it to a few people first and now those few people are on ban for a while for leaking.. oh wait this is Google we are talking about.. nvm their good :)

    • Brian Menius

      That's like the stuff between the commas; it's not essential to the meaning of the sentence.

  • JordanMcRae

    Probably part of the G+ announcement today?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Nope. What ever gave you that idea?

  • Adrian Meredith

    guys its less than an hour to till the presentation, all will be confirmed soon!

    • Wyatt Neal

      All?? You mean everything, even the reason for existence will be confirmed? AWESOME!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      So if by all you mean it was completely unrelated to Helpouts, then yes.

  • moelsen8

    sweet the motorola droid pro pre-sale starts november 9th too! you guys see that!? :P

  • HelpoutAnon

    I got one. Setting up my Helpout page tonight at 7.

  • Hiren Vasani

    I m already using it..

    • Logan B.

      Are you sure about that?

    • Toblerone

      Are you sure you're not using Hangouts? :-)

      • Guest

        Guys Check this invitation...
        I received it approx a month ago...

      • Guest

        I received this invitation approx month ago...

    • Eric Jones

      Unless you work for Google, I don't think you are using it. You may have gotten an early invite, as did I, but it hasn't gone live yet. The early invite is only for setting up your profile, setting up helpouts, and testing the interface. You can't actually host the invites yet, and there is no way to search for other's helpouts. That is coming soon, November 5th if this leak is accurate.

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    If XDA mods are going to use this, they'll make a lot of money!

  • Logan B.

    About a week ago, I had an interview with someone on the Helpout's team to make sure the setting of my Helpout and Audio settings were up to par. They also gave me some tips on how to better market my listing and whatnot. I'm really excited for it to launch.

  • Phillip Booker

    I hope this isnt as creepy as the Amazon "May Day" button....

    • Justin W

      This isn't quite like that (though it could be used for that) - that's a support thing, whereas this could be an educational thing, an informational thing, or something of the like.

  • Nazi

    "If case" should have been "In case"

  • HelpYouOuts

    So...cam girls?