If you've always wanted a way to capture those brilliant moments during a Hangout session on Google Plus, Google has you sorted. In an official blog post, Google's Jeremy Ng has introduced the new Hangouts Capture app. As the name suggests, the app will allow users to take pictures of an ongoing Hangout session. The way this works is once you've started the app, you can go about clicking photos of your view of the session with a single click. The images that you click will be saved to a shared album and will be visible only to those participating in the Hangout.
He writes, “Google+ Hangouts bring people together, and when they do, all sorts of awesome can unfold. Maybe it's reading a bedtime story to your grandkids across the country. Maybe it's taking a cooking class from your kitchen. Or maybe it's answering questions from your constituents. We hear lots of great stories.”
Capture those brilliant Hangouts moments with this app
You can also browse through the images during the Hangout session while browsing through the photo albums or by going to the original Hangout post. Interestingly, users will always know when the app is in use – when they enter a Hangout, when someone opens the app and whenever an image is taken. Already excited about the app? Google will make it available worldwide soon.
Google+ Hangouts allows Gmail users to add up to 9 people to a voice chat. Using Hangouts, Gmail users can watch YouTube videos with their friends, collaborate on Google Docs, or play games by adding apps from a menu. To begin using Google+ Hangouts, you have to click the Hangout button on the top of the chat list in Gmail. Users can also schedule a hangout using Google Calendar.
Those in areas with connectivity issues would understandably be unable to use it to its fullest capacity. Addressing this issue, Google's Tim Blasi recently revealed in an official blog post that the company has launched two new features to improve the Hangouts experience in areas with slow Internet connections. First among these is the bandwidth slider. Users can spot a new slider at the top right of every hangout, using which they can adjust their bandwidth preferences in real-time. Blasi elaborates that this way users can keep their Hangouts going.
Then there is the audio-only mode feature that allows users to send and receive audio only – thereby reducing the amount of bandwidth required. On the other side of the Hangout, participants can't view your profile picture, but can hear you loud and clear. These are interesting additions, since this way users even in areas of limited or unreliable connectivity can enjoy Google+ Hangouts in the best way possible.