Hangouts are one of the redeeming qualities of Google+, and they're about to be more widely available. Google announced that it's rolling out the video chats to Gmail.

The person you're hanging with doesn't have to be a G+ user, either. You can gab with your pals from Gmail on their browser or on their iOS or Android device. But if your cohort is a Pluskateer (that's a technical term), you guys can chat with up to nine people at a time. Although, do you have nine friends who actively use Google+?

Google says the quality is better than regular old Gchat video calls. The new feature begins its rollout today. Now you just need to find people who use Mountain View's social network to kick it with. [Google via TheNextWeb]