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Hangouts may be fun, but it's not all fun and games. It should come as no surprise that in this day and age, many people turn to Google's video chats as a means of getting work done. So the company is rolling out a number of business-related improvements to the service.

For starters, the company is now covering Hangouts under the same terms of service as other Google Apps for Business products. This means that it is promising 24/7 phone support and a guaranteed uptime of 99.9%. Hangout video meetings are also now able to support any Google Apps customer account, regardless of whether they're connected to a Google+ profile.

Before a Google+ profile is created, a Hangouts participant will be able to:
  • Start Hangout video calls with up to 15 participants
  • Include any external guests who have a Google account
  • Add, change or join a video call in a Google Calendar entry (coming soon)
  • Join or start a Hangout by URL or at g.co/hangout/ (and g.co/present/ to just present)

Part of this access expansion includes giving Hangouts participants the ability to eject others from video conferences as long as they're on the same domain as the Hangout creator. Those who aren't on the same domain continue to lack this ability.

Google has managed to snag some partners to help broaden its reach. Blue Jeans is working to bring in more people by allowing those on traditional H.323 or SIP-based videoconferencing systems to join in. InterCall is offering its services as well.

In addition to all of this, there are changes that improve upon Chromebox for meetings. For more information on that and everything above, feel free to peruse through the source links below.

Sources: Google [1],[2],[3],[4],[5]

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Adam B.

    In before "All I ask is Voice integration"

    • pfmiller

      I was just thinking about posting the exact same comment!

    • Christopher Bement

      I don't want to hear dick about Hangouts until this is what's being reported!

    • Brad

      Or complaining about regions....

    • MJ

      Yes! AP, how about a blockade of reporting about Hangouts until Google integrates GV with it?

    • rfgenerator

      I'm pretty much convinced that they've abandoned plans for allowing voice calls to telephone numbers from Hangouts on Android. I think if they were going to do it, they would have done it by now.

      • https://google.com/+LateefAlabiOki Lateef Alabi-Oki

        I theorized this last year, when iOS got GV and Android didn't. If anything it should have been easier to get it on Android before iOS. I thought it wasn't going to happen until AP showed templates of GV stubs in Hangouts' source code. Now, I don't know what to think.

        • mgamerz

          Only guess I have is that hangouts is part of gapps (preinstalled), and it is the carriers being a pain in the ass. Google is just trying to get it sorted before they release it. But it's been far too long.

    • jsachs

      you would think it's not even that hard to do...

    • Jonathan

      What exactly is the benefit of GV and Hangouts integration? I only use GV for my voicemail, what else is it good for? I don't understand the calling and texting from it, that's what I have a provider for?

  • https://google.com/+LateefAlabiOki Lateef Alabi-Oki

    My heart skipped a beat for nothing. Still no Google Voice integration. :sighs:

  • Thomas’

    Ah, the internal meeting stuff is being released to the public, nice.

  • JohnGWilson

    Those who aren't on the same domain continue to lack this ability. http://ur1.ca/hvhaa

  • Ben Hen

    what are those numbers on the hang off button? :S

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  • DaKiLund

    When will Hangouts for android be on par with the iOS version concerning sticker and video clip, seriously the iOS version has had those forever now.

    • Jens Knutson

      Video clips: 👍

      "Stickers": ಠ_ಠ

  • Christopher Robert

    After reading the comments glad i am not the only one who was disappointed that this wasn't telling us that voice was being integrated fully.

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  • Zak Taccardi

    with the g.co/hangout shortcut, can you join hangouts that are part of a subscribed calendar? ie, not your personal calendar?

  • KP

    Is the calendar view new? Haven't seen it like this before.. (see http://youtu.be/ULfD5mBQ-xw?t=12s)

    • Jack Smith

      Week view.

  • shamatuu

    don't know why this wasn't included until now.

  • abobobilly

    Still won't fix the gawdamn App itself. Damn you Google. DAMN YOU.

    • pallzoltan

      What's wrong with the app?

      • abobobilly

        That dreaded side bar bro. Especially its annoying "slide to archive" feature, which i almost ALWAYS accidentally initiate, and then have to undo it. And sometimes, i don't even get a chance to undo, and lose the opportunity (as well as that thread).

        About time hangouts app is upgraded to have a PROPER hamburger menu.

        • pallzoltan

          I'm sorry to hear you're having such troubles. Btw, you do know there's an "archived hangouts" entry in the menu, right?

          • abobobilly

            Don't take me for an idiot, or someone who is new to android. Yes there is an option. But that doesn't mean Google should not fix its problems. They ruined the Google Plus app as well, by removing the hamburger menu, and now its really awkward going through that app. Absolutely hate it <_<

          • pallzoltan

            I'm not, just thought you might have missed it ;)

  • Gerard

    Will they ever let people without a Google+ profile share photos in hangouts? I have friends that use hangouts but refuse to get a google+ account which is understandable... But it would be great if they could still send photos in hangouts just like email...

  • mgamerz
  • ash

    Only thing I want is online status as it was in gtalk. Screen on you are on screen off you are away. Hike messenger does that very nicely

  • black

    Businesses should utilize this instead of that shity cisco telepresence stuff.