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Video Hangouts on iPhone and iPad no longer require Google+ account

With this week's update to Hangouts users without Google+ accounts got a special treat. Any user can now join a multi-way video call on either iOS or Android.

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Free voice calls and voicemail coming to Google Hangouts

It's been a long loooong time coming, but Google Voice is finally getting more-or-less fully integrated into Hangouts. Earlier today we saw Google migrating Voice messaging into Hangouts, and now with an update to the Hangouts app for both Android (version 2.3, which will be rolling out over the next few days) and iOS you'll be able to make calls make phone calls with ease.

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Google Hangouts update for iOS lets you share your mood with your friends

Google has pushed out another update to its Hangouts app for iPhone and iPad, and while we're not treated to all the goodies that the new Android version has, it does add a few new features including the ability to share your mood with your friends.

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SMS, iMessage, BBM, Skype, Line, Twitter, Facebook: Which messaging systems do you use? [Poll]

Which messaging systems do you use?

My life is a series of dissonant beeps and buzzes. My friends and family contact me via Apple's iMessage or old-school SMS, which are at least both built into the same Messages app on iOS, and the former of which at least has a desktop app on OS X. We use Microsoft's Skype as our office phone system at Mobile Nations, so I that's firing away pretty much 24/7 as well (ironically, almost never because of our friends at Windows Phone Central). My colleagues over at CrackBerry use BlackBerry Messenger, so I get those too now. And, of course, the folks at Android Central use Google Hangouts, as do some of my legacy GTalk friends, so I get those in the Hangouts app, and erratically via Jabber in OS X Messages. (I get the occasional AIM there as well. Old school style.)

Twitter Direct Messages come in throughout the day as well. As do occasional App.net messages. Once in a while a Facebook message will join them.

Then there's the wide world of communications and chat apps which seldom if ever cross my radar. The KakaoTalk and Lines that are so popular in Asia, the WhatsApp and Pinger and WeChat as well. Hell, even the Snapchat. (This must be what my parents felt like after finding out what music I was listening to when I was a kid.)

Unlike email, there's no universal protocol that "just works-ish" in every client. Almost every messaging service is garden walled up unto itself. Even if I knew what Line was, I doubt I could just log in with my iMessage ID and suddenly have all my contacts and messages just show up in their interface. Or my Skype chats show up in BBM. Or whatever.

And that sucks, literally, because it means I have to either leave a multitude of battery-draining apps open and the notifications that go with them, or risk finding important messages too late to really do anything about them. It's fragmented. And, frankly, it's maddening.

So that brings me to this poll. How are you handling your communications? Your instant messages? Your chats? Are you using a multitude of services like me? Or have you gotten every that matters to you all in one place, and that's it? Vote up top and then give me the details below. How are you managing your messaging?

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Google Hangouts updated, join a Hangout on Air from your iOS device

Google Hangouts for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has just seen a tasty little update released that will help you broadcast on the go. Hangouts on Air is Google's live broadcasting system that sends the feed out via YouTube – indeed, the Mobile Nations live podcasts have just switched to using this – and with the latest update you can join one right from your iOS device.

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Great keyboard debate - Talk Mobile Hangout

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DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS! - Talk Mobile Hangout

It's Talk Mobile Apps week and today we're talking all about making great apps and selling great apps. That comes down to dealing with app stores, social networks, blogs, and more. So what does everyone want, and how do we get it?

Join Kevin Michaluk, Phil Nickinson, Daniel Rubino, Simon Sage, and Rene Ritchie for the Hangout!

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Will the future of apps be cross platform? - Talk Mobile Hangout!

Phil Nickinson of Android Central, Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry, Rene Ritchie of iMore, Daniel Rubino of Windows Phone Central, and Marcus Adolfsson of Mobile Nations provide live color and commentary on today's Talk Mobile topic -- What will it take to get every app on every platform?

Watch along!

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Hangouts for iPhone and iPad review: Google+ cross-platform messaging service

Hangouts for iPhone and iPad is Google's new cross-platform messaging app that lets you converse with your friends regardless of what phone, tablet, or computer they are using. It features a beautiful, clean design and support for video messaging.

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