Need to chat with someone on Hangouts but don’t feel like keeping your Gmail open? Now there’s another way.
Google this week launched a standalone Hangouts site where you can chat to your heart’s content right from your browser, without opening Gmail or Google+.
“From our new site you’ll be able to take advantage of the best of Hangouts in the browser, along with an inspiring image to get you through the day,” Google’s Jordanna Chord wrote in a Monday post. “Check it out and let us know what you think.”
Just like with other versions of Hangouts, the site lets you have one-on-one conversations, or include all your friends with group chats for up to 100 people. You can share photos, maps, emojis, stickers, and GIFs. Plus, you can turn any convo into a video call with a single tap. The site supports video calls with up to 10 people.
Hangouts syncs your chats from device to device, letting you converse across Android, iOS, and the Web without missing a beat. Just head over to the new site; if you’re already signed into Google you’ll see all your existing chats along the left side and options to make a video call, phone call, or send a new message.
Google has been busy beefing up Hangouts lately. The Web giant last week revamped its Hangouts app for Android with speed improvements, bug fixes, and a new look. Hangouts also now works with Google Slides, letting you present a slideshow to anyone over video chat — no matter where they’re located.