Google Hangouts Has a Weird, Fun Multi-Cam Trick

So, Google's new Hangouts app keeps all of your chats in sync across all of your devices. Cool, right? But what if you're in a video call on your phone, and then open the same video call on your computer. Boop! Suddenly there's two of you, as I just discovered when chatting with my friend Bay. » 5/18/13 3:00pm 5/18/13 3:00pm

Where Do You Chat?

Real-time chat has been everywhere for, you know, forever now and has swallowed everything in its path. Integrating chat platforms and finding a way to coherently deal with texting vs. chatting has become a major issue. Other than venting here in hallowed Gizmodo chatroom posts, how do you manage all the Google chat… » 5/12/13 1:00pm 5/12/13 1:00pm

The Next Killer Feature in Smartphones

For a long time now, our smartphones have been getting more and more, well, smart. They do more things. You probably haven’t beaten your phone at chess in years. And the race to cram increasingly granular, eventually useless, features into them has defined the past few years of phone making. Except the next big… » 4/30/13 11:00am 4/30/13 11:00am

Report: Google to Unify Chat as a New Service Called Babble

Google Talk is great: lightweight and fast. But then, Google's also got G+ messenger, Hangout, and even Drive Chat. There are currently so many options across its different platforms that it can get confusing—but Google Babble is apparently set to end that, with one unified, cross-platform chat solution, which will… » 3/19/13 8:16am 3/19/13 8:16am

How Are You Coping With the Great Gtalk Outage of 2012?

Apparently Google Ttalk is suffering something of an outage right now. It's working fine for me through Apple's messages app, but other people are saying it's still crapped out. If you have it working, what apps are you using? Did you convince every one of your friends to jump ship and start yammering on another… » 7/26/12 10:44am 7/26/12 10:44am