Hangouts users get In-Call Instant Messaging


Hangouts Meet, the video/audio-calling service that Google launched in March, has finally gained support for in-call messaging.

There’s previously been no other way to communicate with members of a chat in a text-based manner, so this added functionality should prove to be quite useful for sharing links, chiming in with a comment while someone else is talking, etc.

The added chat functionality can easily be accessed through a new icon within Hangouts Meet, and the history of a chat will be saved for the duration of a meeting/call. Google says that the new chat option is available for users of Hangouts Meet on all platforms as long as you’re running version 4.5 and above, and this feature will even be available to those in a Hangouts Meet call that aren’t logged into their Google Account.