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Another nail in the Hangouts coffin: Hangouts Meet may lose the 'Hangouts' branding

According to documentation on the official Hangouts Meet support website, the service could soon be renamed Google Meet. Google has not announced a branding change for the video conferencing tool, but the header and title of the support site have both been updated to reflect the new name (a change which occurred very recently), as well as in at least one piece of the support documentation itself.

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How to make your smartphone into a pro webcam for Zoom (Updated)

Life under the novel coronavirus quarantine goes on and the reactions flowing out of it continue to chain. For a lot of us, it means a change in employment status and, sadly, many are completely out of a job. Whether you have one or not, your short-term prospects (as well as our society's) will likely require you to attend interviews and meetings via video chat — your Hangouts, Skypes, and Zooms out there. Demand for webcams have outstripped supply, but if you find yourself needing one in any case, you shouldn't fret: you can use your phone or tablet! We'll tell you a couple of methods to get set up and give some pointers on how to make the most of it!

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Google's service outage today was caused by... a router failure (Updated)

Reports have started to flood in that several Google services, including Gmail, Nest, YouTube, Drive, and even Search, are down for many. Outages appear to be mostly affecting the eastern US, though not everyone is affected.

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Google Hangouts loses location sharing in latest update

We've known for a long time that Google Hangouts was destined to shut down, but most of us couldn't have predicted individual features would be slowly picked from its not-quite-dead body. That seems to be the case with the location sharing function formerly found in Hangouts. As of v32, the convenient messaging feature has been quietly removed.

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Google wants to take on Slack and Microsoft Teams by making another messaging service

Google has so far had a love-hate relationship with messaging services, as it threw several of them against the wall, but only a few stuck, and that too not for long. But this didn’t deter the company from renewing its efforts to make another attempt, this time for businesses. A report by The Information suggests that Google could unify its existing communication services into a workplace-oriented app to stand against Slack and Microsoft Teams.

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Hangouts is so abandoned that a major video saving issue hasn't been fixed in 8 months

We know Hangouts isn't long for this world. Support for the service is winding down and being replaced by Meet and Chat, but the transition is slow and has only been initiated for G Suite users so far. Those with personal Gmail accounts can't migrate and many are still attached to Hangouts. Whether you're in that boat or you have some data in the app that you want to save, you probably hit a major issue when trying to download videos: you can't do it from the app.

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Hangouts shutdown delayed for G Suite users until at least June 2020

Google is delaying the shutdown of its longtime internet protocol chat and call app, Hangouts. G Suite users were originally told that Hangouts would be retired starting in October. Now, the deadline for G Suite customers to move has now been pushed back to "no sooner than June 2020."

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Google adds a new user-reporting feature to the dying Hangouts service

If you're a Hangouts user, you're probably aware Google is splitting its service into two separate ones: Meet and Chat. Although the consumer transition (i.e. for non-G Suite users) won't happen before the end of this year, it's fair to expect Google wouldn't add new features to the classic Hangouts experience and focus on Meet and Chat instead. However, the company just surprised us by adding the ability to report users into its soon-to-die service.

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Sorry, YouTube podcasters: Hangouts on Air will shut down later this year

Google Hangouts is set to shut down sometime next year, with spin-offs Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat intended to be full replacement by then. Even though the new services will technically be available to non-business users, Google is pushing regular people to use Android Messages and Duo instead. As a result, it seems at least one function won't be transitioned to the new Hangouts services ⁠— a feature that allowed people to stream video calls to YouTube.

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