Sunday , February 18 2018

Google Hangouts arrives for tablets

When Google Hangouts launched last week amid the Google I/O fanfare, one thing that was notably missing was support for tablets. We all know that Android tablets do take a bit of a flogging, but the reality is there’s quite a number of them, and some are quite well loved.

Whether it was an oversight or a deliberate decision, the Google Hangouts app did not — initially — support tablets, and this was the source of much bellyaching, in addition to that which was already coming from the lack of integrated SMS/MMS. While SMS integration might not be coming all that soon, Hangouts does — as of today — support tablets, so all you Nexus 7 and other Android tablet users can now get in on the action as well.

I can only imagine the Nexus 7 would make a great device for use with Hangouts. Nice big keyboard for typing, and of course, a big glorious screen for video hangouts with your mates.

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Will you get mileage from Hangouts now that its available for your tablets as well? Let us know.

Source: Android Central.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Alexei Watson
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Alexei Watson

my gf’s nex7 got the hangouts update notified the same day as I/O and I installed it on my hp touchpad through the play PC website that morning.

My friend with a nex10 had no luck though.

James Jones
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This be big news if hangouts was good…

Alexei Watson
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Alexei Watson

You don’t like it? I’ve been using it a lot and i find it brilliant! Being able to select a group chat, and rename it – (i.e. I have on for a uni subject study group) is great.

It could do with the SMS thing, and an ability to set a presence, but I’ve foudn it to be very very useful.

derp
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derp

Whatsapp does has the same feature as do a few other IM style apps.

Hangouts needs a bit of work though. The iOS app is terrible and theres a few other notification issues ive found that need fixing up on Android.

Not really anything that sets it above say facebook messenger as that can do all the same while being a little more refined. (im not saying its that great either)

Depending on how sms is integrated it might be a gamechanger.

Alexei Watson
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Alexei Watson

sms will be the decider, now, at best, it could become another widely adopted messaging app.

with sms integration, it could replace the lot. including sms.

I have no doubt that imessage would have already done this if it weren’t for the apple ecosystem.

I’ve not got into whatsapp, but the benefit that this has, over whatsapp is that it will be pre-loaded in every android device. i don’t even have to check if my friend has it.. if they have android, they’ll get my message.

derp
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derp

you need a g+ account as far as im aware. Its hard to twist some peoples arms to sign up and try it out. Hopefully when they include sms that requirement will disappear (will be unlikely as they want people to use that service so that they can harvest your info)

Sean Royce
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Sean Royce

There needs to be an Ausdroid hangout!

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