Google today announced that they’re adding new functionality to a popular feature of Google+, the hangout. A hangout is a group video chat that’s hosted within Google+.
Most exciting, perhaps, is the addition of Hangouts On Air. Initially, it will enable those who have large followings to turn their hangouts into broadcasts. When the hangout is finished, they’ll have the ability to upload the session to YouTube. Eventually, the feature will be generally available, Google said.
Another exciting new feature is the ability to start hangouts from inside comment fields. “Just click “Hangout” underneath a post that you’re passionate about, and we’ll add your invitation to the comments. If others are hanging out already, you’ll see their invitation in the comments as well,” wrote Vic Gundotra a Google senior vice president. Read more