With Hangouts in Gmail the users can chat with friends who use Google+ on desktop and on mobile devices.
Google is expanding its leading feature Hangouts above the Google+ borders. In the coming weeks Hangouts will substitute the traditional video chat in Gmail, according to the official blog.
The transition to a new service will be smooth requiring no additional browser plug-in and user identification. After your mail is loaded, an icon with a camera will appear on the left side of the page, where voice & video chat used to be.
The group video calling session does not require everybody to use Gmail only. With Hangouts the participants simultaneously can use both Gmail and Google+ on desktop or Google+ apps for iOS and Android.
If both users are in Google+, they can enjoy more from Hangouts: video chatting with up to 9 persons at the same time, joint viewing of YouTube videos or cooperating on Google documents, etc.
The 2008 video chat was based on peer-to-peer technology, which used to be unstable sometimes. According to the developers, the feature Hangouts is more reliable and provides higher quality, as it rests on Google network power.
What do you think about Hangouts usage in Gmail? Will it facilitate the users who were not registered in Google+ to join social networking service?