Posted February 8, 2013 8:31 am by with 5 comments

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bandwidth usage screenshot_0Google+ Hangouts are gaining traction.

Are they taking the world by storm? Probably not but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t or that Google is simply letting them go ‘as is’.

Yesterday, Google engineer Tim Blasi posted this on Google+ regarding updates to the service.

Today we’re excited to launch two new features that improve the Hangouts experience in areas with low and/or unreliable connectivity:

1) Bandwidth slider. At the top right of every hangout is a new slider that lets you adjust your bandwidth preferences in real-time. This makes it easier to keep hangouts going, even in areas with poor connectivity.

2) Audio-only mode. Choose this mode to send and receive audio only, and thus, significantly reduce your bandwidth requirements. Other participants will only see your profile picture, but they’ll hear you loud and clear.

Are you using Google+ and all the options it provides? Do you still feel that Google+ is a ‘ghost town’? If that’s your point of view have you ever considered that you may be missing the point?

  • Will Hanke

    I use it from time to time to speak with my son stationed in Korea. The bandwidth thing will be nice because sometimes he has a crappy signal.

  • The audio only option sounds like a winner. I know even on Skype, turning on the webcam sometimes drags down the connection but just audio works fine. I like where they’re going.

  • Hey Frank, first time reader here. I used “Hangouts on Air” for the first time last week and it worked perfectly. I used it to interview someone and then I embedded the video on my blog. Personally, I think any blogger who isn’t active on G+ is crazy.

  • Hurdie Burk

    I converted my online radio station to hangouts.

  • I have used Google Hangout for 1 time only and it works fine here. So no issues.