Google+ Hangouts Enable Free Phone Calls
Google+ users may now make free phone calls to the U.S. and Canada from the Hangouts video chat app. Also, Google Chat surfaces any contacts in a user's Google+ Circle.Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has added the ability for Google+ users to make free phone calls from within the social networks Hangouts video chat application.
Hangouts, which enables users to trigger video conferencing sessions for up to 10 users in a single session, has been one of the most popular features for Google+ since the search engine launched the social network June 28.
Phone calls isn't the only big communications change Google has made to Google+. Google Chat has existed in Google+ since its launch. However, it was previously limited to users who knew a contact's e-mail address. Now Google+ users can chat with anyone in their Circles who have also added them to their Circles. Obviously, some Google+ users can have hundreds or thousands of contacts, which would make listing all of the Chat contact untenable. Google+ will only display contacts from a user's most recent conversations who are online now. However, users can use the search box at the top of the Chat list to find contacts that aren't displayed. Interestingly, Google didn't limit this functionality to its social network. When a user and his or her contacts follows each other in Google+, they can also follow each other in Gmail, Google Plus, iGoogle, Orkut, and the Google Talk Client.