Hangouts Capture 'Snap & Save' Moments as they Happen; 'Google Babble' Unify Chat Service

Google+ introduces new Hangouts Capture App, to help you snap and save picutres of the moments as they happen. At I/O 2013, Google expected to unveil unify chat service named "Babble." Google+ Search Filter for Photos.

The challenge, oftentimes, is capturing your favorite moments as they happen, in order to help capture and save moments Google just released a new Google+ Hangouts Capture app, that lets you snap & save moments as they happen.

With it you can take pictures of your Hangouts-in-progress, including a number of features not available in the usual screenshot workarounds:

  • "Once you've opened the Hangouts Capture app, you can snap photos of your Hangout view with a single click
  • All photos are saved to a shared album, visible only to other Hangout invitees
  • You can view these photos while inside the Hangout, when browsing your photo albums, or by visiting the original Hangout post
  • And, importantly, you'll always know when the app is in use: when you join a Hangout, when someone opens the app, and whenever a picture is taken," informs Google.

The Hangouts Capture app will soon be available worldwide.

Google+ Hangouts Capture App

Google+ Hangouts Capture App

Update 03/20: Google is gearing up to unify its messaging services into a single platform dubbed "Babble".

The new unified service, is expected to launched at the Google I/O 2013 conference, "will combine Google Voice, GTalk, Messenger, Drive, Hangout, Google Talk into a single entity "Babble", as these services don't interact with each other, and thus creating a daunting situation if you wish to speak to your friends."

According to multiple sources, who have the knowledge of Google's plans, "Babble is "being built fresh from the ground up" in order to provide an alternative, rather than being "cobbled together" like Google's current services. The service will help users easily communicate with others on Google services."

"You'll be able to use the same chat window across all of Google's products with the same features available everywhere," the sources adds.

With the service in-place, You can share photos in chat windows just like you would in G+ Messenger, start a Hangout with anyone in your contact list, and the conversations are threaded across all the existing services.

On the other hand services such as Apple iMessage, Facebook Chat and BlackBerry Messenger allow users to communicate with other users on the same device or service, something Google users cannot currently do due to the confusing structure.

Update 03/25: Google+ added new search filter that lets you restrict search results for posts with "photos only."

Now, if you want search Google+ posts that include photos, after performing a Google+ search, you just need to click the "Everything" dropdown and select "Photos".

"You can find any photo post from items shared only with you, to public photos shared by some of the great photographers on Google+," says Dave Cohen on his G+ post.

google+ photos search filter