Having a group conversation with long-distance friends across computers is always fun and with video calling facility supported by an app is more fun than ever. Google aims to enhance this experience via a Facebook- like Chat Heads service, called Hangouts Chrome App.
Hangouts Chrome App
The app from the makers of Google Plus comes close to Facebook-style “Chat Heads” on many grounds, one being that it displays small circular profile picture icons just above the Hangouts icon to denote your different conversations. So, when someone points out new app as a pale imitation of Facebook Messenger app, it shouldn’t surprise you. The display of icons is quite similar to Facebook Messenger’s Chat Heads. That said, if you like Messenger’s design but prefer Hangout’s utility, you should regard this app as a welcome addition.
It is essential to mention here that the old Hangouts version still exists on the Chrome Web Store so do not get confused between the two. The older version was last updated on September 17th. If you had the old Hangouts installed previously, It is advisable to uninstall it to pave the way for the new one. How?
Simply type chrome://extensions into your address bar and locate Hangouts. You will notice the new Hangouts app is displayed above the older one. Just click the little trash icon adjacent to the old version to delete the old Hangouts (lighter green logo).
Thereafter, you can start playing with the New Hangouts. In the first glance, you can observe two green tabs along the top:
- Recent messages list
A green circle hovers in the bottom right and acts as your home button for Hangouts. In addition, it allows you to drag the window around your screen. You get all your messages so long you allow the app to run, and your chats will sync across Hangouts on all your devices.
One shortfall of this app, is that it offers no sound notifications for new alerts.