There is no more a need to login into your Gmail account, as now, Google is introducing the inspiring Hangouts website, which will stand all by its lonesome to rival its instant messaging competitors. Even though it’s one of the most used communication app, desktop and laptop users have been shackled with the requirement of accessing Hangouts through their mail account.
But now, the instant messaging software is getting its own site where it can bloom and thrive, providing users with an independent platform that is visually stimulating and easy to use. While previously just a button in the every-day-used Gmail account, it’s now a full-blown website, with its own interface and similar functions.
By visiting the official address, visitors will be allowed to view the large scale to which the instant messaging application has raised. It features three major uses on the right of the screen that are familiar, the Video Call, Phone Call, and Message options, which are quite self-explanatory for all users.
On the left, the website interfaces displays latest conversations and direct access to the chat, for quick and simple messaging. There is a resemblance within the options that might remind users of Google+, but they’re likely not encouraged to hold it against Hangouts just yet.
According to Google’s software engineer, Jordanna Chord, the new fully-functional website will make the best features of Hangouts available, along with the inspiring, ever changing images that will grace your background.
Ranging from picturesque views to beautiful flowers, the interface’s background picture will change every few minutes in order to keep the conversation platform’s aspect fresh and pleasant to look at.
Google is pulling in all the stops to help Hangouts better compete with rivals, such as Facebook Messenger, which the social media network has announced as a standalone service as well. The contest is growing more fierce, as the Google app already has a few others to defeat on smart phones, such as What’s Up, Viber or Telegram.
It has recently rolled out a new update for the smaller devices that has been said to greatly improve functions and speed, so it’s now apparently tackling the desktop version. Users will be encouraged to enjoy and take advantage of the familiar functions of Hangouts on more than just their smart phone or Gmail account.
There is a notable downside, however, that is limiting to desktop or laptop users. Unlike the application made for smart phones, Hangouts users will not be able to tell when their friends are online and will just have to improvise on that aspect, by leaving offline messages or poking until something moves through other means.
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