News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday May 15, 2013.
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Google today announced that it will end the "fragmented" grid of messaging services and allow users to focus on communication. The new Hangouts app simplifies connections and the way that notifications are handled in its instant messaging and video calling app.
Hangouts is a standalone app that enable group or 1-on-1 conversations. Available beginning today for Android, Apple iOS, and the web, Hangouts supports communication across platforms. It also works on multiple mediums, so it supports instant text messaging, photo sharing, and live video calls. The conversations can be long-lasting, acting as archives of an event if users opt to maintain history. The photos are stored in albums, the conversation threads are maintained, and messages can be continuous, so the conversations can be stored as a group.
Hangouts also simplifies the way that devices handle notifications. Under the old Messenger system, getting a Google+ notification would trigger updates on the web, a phone, and a tablet. Even after dismissing on the phone, the notifications would still appear elsewhere. In Hangouts, that's no longer the case; a notification dismissed on one device will remove notifications on all devices.
Android and iOS users can look to download the Hangouts app later today.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.