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Google+ Hangouts Adds Bandwidth Slider and Audio-Only Mode

Google+ Hangouts update launched with two new features that allows you to tweak a slider to improve your experience based on your bandwidth capabilities in areas with low and/or unreliable connectivity.

The features released today include:

Bandwidth slider located at the top right of every hangout lets you adjust bandwidth preferences in real-time making it easier to keep hangouts going, even in areas with poor connectivity.

Google+ Hangouts Bandwidth slider

Additionally, new Audio-only mode lets you choose to send and receive audio only, and thus, significantly reduce bandwidth requirements. “Other participants will only see your profile picture, but they’ll hear you loud and clear,” Googe said.

Google also rolling out Hangouts in Gmail to India users, which was first launched in July last year.

“With Hangouts in Gmail users can enjoy 1:1 video chat with any Gmail user, and will be able to add up to 9 people at once after they’ve upgraded to Google+.”

Additionalyly, users can also schedule a hangout with Google Calendar, and use the Google+ app for Android and iOS to hang out while on the go.

If you are on slow internet connection (as usual in India), just switch over to ultra low bandwidth mode to keep the conversation going.

To give it a try, just click on the hangout button at the top of your chat list in Gmail.

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