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! Read More
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. Read More
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.
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. Read More
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." Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More