Much rumored leading up to Google I/O, Google has today introduced their all new, cross-platform messaging service, Google+ Hangouts. Just a day after BlackBerry announced BBM for iOS, Google is bringing their offering and it's available to download from the App Store now.

We'll give it the full run-through when the dust has settled, but Hangouts promises to offer a fully featured messaging experience for iOS users. Group messaging, synchronized notifications, photo albums and the ability to save or turn off completely chat history. Oh, and free group video chat. Yeah.

We already have iMessage for iOS to iOS and Mac messaging, but Google's offering promises to extend those horizons to your friends and family using Android devices, or even just those using the web. Sounds promising, but what do you think? Grab a copy from the App Store now, and be sure to report back and let us know what you think.

Source: Android Central