Published On: Tue, Aug 18th, 2015

Growing Up: Google decides to give hangouts its dedicated website

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It was coming of age for Google’s social networking project Google+. The search engine giant has decided to give Hangouts its own website much like Whatsapp and Facebook. You can carry out instant messaging conversations, group Hangouts, as well as one-to-one voice and video calls.

To use standalone website of Hangouts, users simply have to access the URL and log in with their Google account. Upon doing so, the user will see icons for contacts, conversations and phone calls on the left side of the screen, along with an option button that calls up a menu for downloading the Hangouts app for iOS, Android or Chrome and the Hangouts Dialer for Android.

Going through the user’s contacts, three options will be given upon clicking on the three dots to the right of the contact’s name. The options are to pin to certain contact to the top of the contacts list, initiate a video call or to hide the contact from the user’s list.

Google+ breaking up

Google had reportedly admitted this month that Google+ was a bit confusing for users and with the announcement of a major restructuring within the company it seems as if Google is breaking up Google+ into three separate applications.

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