If you're a regular user of Google's video Hangouts service, you'll be glad to know that the experience on desktop for this service is about to get a little more stable (we hope). Google has officially deprecated the Hangouts plugin for Chrome on the developer and Canary channels of the Chrome browser, meaning Hangouts video functionality is now completely built in with the browser. The new UI for this implementation is shown below.

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According to the Google employee who posted this information, Victoria Kirst, the feature will roll out to all Chrome users in the next weeks.


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  • Phil Oakley

    Pretty cool how powerful the web is now. Hopefully Hangouts gradually steals Skype's marketshare.

    • ForgetAboutTheGalgamex

      webRTC is pretty cool!

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  • mgamerz

    Did anyone notice how Google Voice was completely abandoned at Google I/O?

    • MJ

      Yes... What happened to it being rolled into Hangouts???

    • Lars Jeppesen

      - as it should be. GV is an american service, only working in the States. The rest of the world.. couldn't care less.. so Google did right in not addressing it at I/O, as it's a developer conference for ALL it's developers.

      • MJ

        Ummm No... That is not the reason.

        • Lars Jeppesen

          Yeah - the reason is Google will never integrate GV into hangouts, I'm afraid..

          • Alex S

            Actually, there are two different posts from people at Google saying the opposite, and it's already been rolled in for iOS.

          • wut

            But like you said, it's an American service and only works in the States. If they integrated it into hangouts then what would that mean for the rest of the world that use hangouts? Would we get a separate hangouts app?

          • Lars Jeppesen

            Good question, actually
            How do they solve this issue on iOS??

          • mgamerz

            Lookup if you have a voice account. If you do, enable voice integration. Otherwise hide it. Same as every other app does.

          • Guest

            You can link your phone number to your Apple ID, that is how they handle it on iOS. Uses that to tell which of the phone numbers in your address book you can use those services with.

            Note if a person doesn't link their phone number to their ID, you would need to know their apple ID(email address) in their contacts.

          • MJ

            No... They just wouldn't be able to use the GV functionality.

          • MJ

            Ummm No again... The fact Google Voice does not work outside the US or Canada has nothing to do with rolling it into Hangouts or why it was not mentioned at I/O.

          • Kcls

            GV is integrated into hangouts now. People on reddit are getting Voice texts through hangouts, without having the Voice app installed.

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          • jj14x

            On kitkat (at least 4.4.2 onwards), you can go into the google voice app settings and have all the text messages (including voice texts) be handled by the Hangouts app.

            What I want is VoIP calling using hangouts/GoogleVoice (like the fruity devices already have)

          • Jason Pagliaro

            Link? The only details I found are basically a false alarm.

          • MJ

            No they are not... People on Reddit are a credible source now?

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  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Yay! ...... right?

  • MJ

    This is no help to those of us using Firefox or will it be open sourced so Mozilla can use it?

    • h4rr4r

      I thought this used WebRTC?
      Which is supported by FireFox.

      • darkdude1

        It also uses NaCl which apparently only works on Chrome at this point. Also WebRTC is a very young API so expect certain issues.

        • h4rr4r

          That is sad news.

      • Cole Mickens


      • MJ

        But it is not implemented yet?

    • Dean

      Firefox? Is it 2001?

      • MJ

        Troll much?

  • idlukakas

    Where's the hangout + google voice integration?

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    I've given up on Hangout at this point. F#ck Hangout.

    • Dean

      errr... why?

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        1. Screwed up contacts section. Stop pushing G+ circle people, who I barely contact, into my Hangout.

        2. Audio call 1 - hangout to hangout audio call. This option got removed when Google Talk got transformed into Hangout and hasn't returned since. No, initiating video call and turning off video cam isn't the same. The person I'm calling sees "Video call invite" and freaks the fuck out.

        3. Audio call 2 - hangout to phone call. iOS has this since months. MONTHS. Then Google disabled 3rd party access to GVoice. Everyone was hoping, ok, wait till I/O. We're definitely getting it. But nope. Not a beep about GV in I/O.

        4. Someone you don't know pings you, you won't even know it until you manually check "Invites" section. What's more? There will be NO Indication whatsoever indicating that there's a new hangout invite. No badge or invite count etc.

        5. Hangout is slow overall anyway.

        • Dean

          Oh ok. I use it for family so I don't get any of those grievances you do.
          Turning off camera and using earpiece if fine for me, but as you said not for you.
          It's not slow though.

  • duse

    No news about Voice integration at all at I/O. I'm about ready to port out, and with that my Hangouts usage will pretty much cease as well. Good going, Google.

  • tekfr33kn

    I still prefer opening the old Google Talk app without having to open my browser. Google is forcing more and more into the browser. It just sounds like unnecessary bloat to me.

    • MJ

      Having two apps running when can just use one is not unnecessary bloat? LOL Any PC bought in the last couple of years will have no problem running this in the browser in it's sleep.

  • Darutto

    The question is... does it absolutely needs to be chrome? What about firefox or IE users?

    • Trent

      It's using WebRTC. Firefox are steadily implementing more and more WebRTC functionality and it's up to others to support it. If they don't, those using that browser will continue to need a plugin. Pretty simple, really.

  • alivia

    hi i am new

  • alivia

    let it go let it go cant hold it back anymore

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  • John Kuang

    I'm using Chrome beta (linux 64bit) and it's already enabled! Found out by uninstalling the talk plugin and testing that everything works like before after giving the camera/mic permissions!

    • gbcox

      I did the same thing, but when I tried to test hangouts prompted me to re-install the plugin. I'm running the latest development version, so if you're running the beta my code is suppose to be newer and it doesn't work.

  • gbcox

    I'm running Version 37.0.2062.3 dev (64-bit) and it still requires the Googletalk plugin to work. If it isn't installed, you are prompted to install it.

  • Frank

    Neither the Canary nor the Dev Chrome has Hangouts rolled into it. I've tested both versions and it still asks for the plugin.