Gmail video chat to be replaced with Google+ Hangouts

The many users of Google's Gmail service will soon have a new way to video chat with others. In a blog post today, Google announced that it is ditching the current Gmail video chat feature and replacing it with Google+ Hangouts, which launched as part of Google+ in 2011.

The blog post states:

Unlike the old video chat, which was based on peer-to-peer technology, Hangouts utilize the power of Google’s network to deliver higher reliability and enhanced quality. You’ll be able to chat with all the same people you did before and, in fact, with Hangouts you’ll now be able to reach them not only when they are using Gmail but also if they are on Google+ in the browser or on their Android or iOS devices.

People who use Gmail to chat with others with the new Google+ Hangout video chat will also gain even more features if they are full Google+ members, including being able to chat with up nine people at once. The rollout of Google+ Hangouts will start today for Gmail users and will progress over the next few weeks.

The original Gmail video chat feature was launched over four years ago. A few weeks ago, Google announced that Gmail has 425 million users.

Source: Gmail blog

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Count me in on the Google+ hate.

Recently a Google executive admitted that they really only want your real name and address attached to your Google account. Once they have it they could less if you delete your Google+ account.

Boeing 787 said,
Count me in on the Google+ hate.

Recently a Google executive admitted that they really only want your real name and address attached to your Google account. Once they have it they could less if you delete your Google+ account.

Oh I see: they have set up all the Google+ and Hangouts infrastructure just as a ploy to get your real name, yet you don't actually have to use your real name in any of those services if you don't want to.

Makes sense.

Did that Google exec also reveal that Google was actually controlled by the Illuminati, or something along those lines?

The GTalk and video chat stuff has always seemed out of place in GMail to me, anyway. I don't use Google+ but it does seem like the more appropriate banner for these kinds of "social" features.

Shadrack said,
The GTalk and video chat stuff has always seemed out of place in GMail to me, anyway. I don't use Google+ but it does seem like the more appropriate banner for these kinds of "social" features.

GTalk is not just "social", we use it a lot at work with our corporate GMail accounts.

They should push their hangouts thing a bit more. Honestly, it could give Skype a run for its money if they made a desktop client for it and advertised properly.

warwagon said,
It's amazing how none of those women where fat or unattractive or both.

Because that's the good way to market!

Good stuff.
The tech behind Hangouts is far superior to Gmail video chat.
Why run two services that do the same thing when you can streamline things?

All good by me

BajiRav said,
ah so all gmail users are now G+ users? so they can inflate their usage numbers!

Nope, they will still need a Google+ profile to count.

FalsePositive said,
So that means the people using video chat will now be forced to join Google+. Google is evil.

"with Hangouts you'll now be able to reach them not only when they are using Gmail but also if they are on Google+ in the browser or on their Android or iOS devices."

Doesn't look like it.

MikeHellstone said,
Reading through the actual article confirms that the users don't have to have Google+

lol reading the article and not just the headline

FalsePositive said,
So that means the people using video chat will now be forced to join Google+. Google is evil.

Nope... Hangout is a module which is integrated in to G+ and now they are integrating it to gmail. So No you don't have to signup for G+ to do hangout.
why have two service then one is better than the other... good that they are integrating the service.

Kyle said,
Google needs to stop pushing Google+. Let it die.

Hangouts is pretty awesome, I think this is a good move even if Google+ doesn't have a whole lot of purpose at the moment.

Anthony Tosie said,

Hangouts is pretty awesome, I think this is a good move even if Google+ doesn't have a whole lot of purpose at the moment.

In terms of design and features, I think G+ is actually much better than Facebook. FB obviously are where the people is though.

thealexweb said,

By that logic Apple should let Ping die and MS should wind down Bing.

I've heard some brief rumors that Apple might indeed kill off Ping, and what does Bing have anything to do with a social networking site?

Synthetic said,
I've heard some brief rumors that Apple might indeed kill off Ping, and what does Bing have anything to do with a social networking site?

MS has already shut down or disposed of virtually all it's social products so there wasn't anything for a direct comparison so a picked a different internet product that in a similar way is struggling against the competition.