Weekly Poll: Have You Used a Google+ Hangout?

I’ve been using Google+’s Hangouts in my browser for a while, mainly to watch YouTube clips with a friend. Today, I finally attended one with my phone – and it was great! Excellent streaming and sound quality, both ways, with multiple people, over 3G. I was really impressed.

(Okay, there was one small niggle: I couldn’t get it to output the sound to my Bluetooth earphones. Apparently this is a rare bug that has been fixed for most people – lucky old me.)

The interface is integrated nicely with Android as well: when you get invited to a Hangout, the phone rings as if you’re getting a call, and you can see what you’ll look like to the other members (via your camera) before you accept.

Have you used your phone or tablet for a Hangout yet?

  • http://twitter.com/liskrig Liskrig

    There needs to be an option for “No.”

  • Valdano V.

    Well, none of my friends use Google+ (I doubt they even know about Hangouts!), so “no” I guess…

  • AnonyMoose

    Step 1 – Ask a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question in poll format, with 4 answer options.
    Step 2 – conveniently forget an option for ‘no’
    Step 3 – ???
    Step 4 – Profit!

    The underpants gnomes are duly impressed at your journalistic abilities, sir.

    • http://michaeljameswilliams.com/ Michael James Williams

      Haha wow. I’m an idiot. Fixed.

  • http://bradysewall.com Brady

    G+ Hangouts work great as a baby monitor. Setup one device to watch the baby while keeping an eye with your phone or computer.

    Problem is the latest Android G+ constantly crashes when launching on my Galaxy S3. Seems to be a common issue at the moment.

    • http://michaeljameswilliams.com/ Michael James Williams

      Baby monitor? What a great idea!

  • Nick

    Haven’t tried it on Android but web Hangouts are awesome – I try to get my friends to use Hangouts rather than Skype, and since a lot of people already have Gmail accounts, it’s no big deal to open up a Google+ one to use this (anyway, I think they’ve already integrated Hangouts in Gmail’s chat as well, so Google+ may no longer be necessary)

    I find the call quality better than Skype, and I love all the small things you can do on the side – share pictures, text chat etc. And I also hate using the sometimes-laggy and hard-to-close Skype app.