July 31st, 2012
(BlackMediaScoop) If you loved video chatting over Gmail the way you’ve been doing since 2008, better wave your last goodbyes to your buddy list.
Starting Tuesday, and continuing over the next few weeks, Google is going to be replacing Gmail video chat with Google+ Hangouts.
“You’ll be able to chat with all the same people you did before — and, in fact, with Hangouts you’ll now be able to reach them not only when they are using Gmail, but also if they are on Google+ in the browser or on their Android or iOS devices.”
The search giant is eager to promote the use of its social network, and has in the past attempted to blur the lines between users of Gmail, Google Maps and other Google services. If you’re logged into any of them, the company says, you’re logged into Google+.
Gmail video chat had a tendency to stutter and occasionally quit — a quality shared in the past with iChat video, but not with Apple’s Facetime, Skype or Google Hangouts.