Amidst issues regarding its new social search, Google keeps rolling out updates for its Google+ products. Today, Hangouts get a refresh and includes a feature asked for by many, screensharing. The feature was only previously available under “Hangouts with Extras” and has joined the main product.
Here are the updates the Google+ team announced today:
– Screensharing: share what’s on your computer screen with everyone in the hangout. This is the first of many extras we’re graduating to Hangouts proper.
– Bigger video: we’ve put more emphasis on the live video itself by optimizing white space and other screen elements.
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In addition to screensharing, Google has refreshed the visuals for Hangouts, increasing the video size and optimizing all of that extra white space that we’ve been dealing with:
While screensharing is a “cool” social feature, the addition of this means that businesses now have more reasons to try the social service internally. Being able to have multi-user video chat with colleagues is great, but letting your co-workers share their screen no matter where they are is huge.
Using its “sandbox” approach to testing, Google+ promises to include more features that it finds to be successful in optional trials.