It has been a while since Google+ Hangouts On Air went global. Google+ Hangouts on the Air is a feature that Google launched last year, wherein Hangouts could be broadcast by specific users for all the world to see. Ever since Hangouts On Air became available, the ability to view Hangouts On Air on a larger screen (read full screen) remained conspicuous by its absence. Google's Dori Storbeck reveals in an official blog post that the ability to view Hangouts on Air in full screen mode is now here. The feature is available by default now, when just one participant is visible in a user's broadcast. If suppose, a particular Hangouts On Air broadcast has multiple participants, then a full screen mode is possible by going for the Cameraman app. The app will put everyone but the main speaker “backstage”.
Full screen mode is now available by default
The Hangouts on Air feature on Google+ became quite popular with the musician community among other sections who used it as a platform to connect with their fans. In an attempt to make these live hangout concerts sound more like it were done on-stage, Google started rolling out a new feature called Studio Mode. Google's Matthew Leske wrote that musicians can begin using the feature by first starting with Hangout On Air, then by clicking on settings and making the transition from Voice to Studio Mode.
What was different with Studio Mode is that it optimised individual audio for music, rather than for conversation. To demonstrate it better, Google posted a video with Suite 709 and urged users to listen to it to know the difference that Studio Mode brought to the table.
Hangouts On Air had previously been used by singer/songwriters like Daria Musk or bands like Suite 709 to perform live for their global audiences, and also jam with their fans face-to-face. Significant broadcast Hangouts have been the ones featuring the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu and was part of the Inaugural Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture. Closer home, another significant Hangout on the Air was hosted by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The actor is not only the brand ambassador for Google+ in the country, but he also used the social network to promote his film Ra.One. Through such Hangouts, Google said in the blog post that it noticed one thing: “when groups of passionate individuals can broadcast live, together, the results are truly remarkable.“
To take the results of these observations one step further, Google had decided to open up Google+ Hangouts on the Air to everyone in the world. Initially, Hangouts on the Air was only open to a limited number of broadcasters.
Those viewing Google+ photos on their desktop can now pan and zoom on the images to view them better, courtesy an update. Users have to simply open a large photo in the lightbox and then, depending on how they want to view it, can either use their mouse wheel to zoom in or out and/or click and drag to pan right, left, up or down. Needless to add, photos with higher resolution offer more space to explore.
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