Updates to Hangouts are rolling out

A few nice updates to Hangouts today:

  • Cleaner design
  • Screen sharing (previously only available in the test version of hangouts)

It’s not a big change, but certainly a nice improvement.  Check out the screenshot on the right or head over to Google+ and try it for yourself!

A ton of new updates

Google has just pushed out a slew of huge new updates to Google+.  They include:

  • No more invitations.  Anyone 18+ is free to join.
  • New Hangouts.  Now with screen sharing, Doc sharing and more.
  • Hangouts can be broadcast.  Go “on air” with your handout, and others can watch even if it’s too full for them to access.
  • Mobile hangouts.  Android devices with front-facing cameras can join hangouts now; and they work very well!
  • Huddle is now called “Messenger”.  In addition, you can share photos through it now.
  • Search!  You can finally search Google+.
More is coming, but those are some sweet features.  Full details on the Official Google Blog.  What’s your favorite new addition?

Having trouble getting Hangouts to work?

A great little tip from Omni Adams:

If you’re trying to get your webcam working in a hangout and it keeps resetting the device being used as a microphone, try setting everything up in Gmail’s chat tab in settings. For some reason setting the values in the hangout settings wouldn’t persist longer then a few seconds.