My Experience with Google+ Hangout (Video Conf) on Nexus S 4G

6tr6tr

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Google just updated google+ so that you can join hangouts and video conference with friends on a Mobile phone.

It's a definite mixed bag.

The Good
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1. The video was pretty impressive. We had a computer and two phones going at once.
2. The "active" video feed switches depending on who is talking and it was a pretty smooth transition
3. It was easy to join a hangout

The Bad
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1. If you have two or more mobile phones on the hangout, the microphones don't work.

We found that if we both had phone microphones on, then there was a ton of static and only one of the microphone feeds would work (whichever worked, it stayed that way and no others would work). To get it so each microphone worked, we had to have the non-speaking party mute their microphone while the other tried to talk (and then vice-versa). Pretty stupid given that it works perfectly with Fring.

2. There is no way to start a hangout from the mobile app!

The only way I was able to do it was to create a hangout on my desktop and invite myself and friends, then on the mobile phone, I joined the same hangout (with the same account as on the computer). Later, I then exited the hangout on the computer and stayed on the phone.

3. There's no notification on the mobile phone about the hangout. You have to be in your google + app looking at streams to see it and join.

It's an app that could be so amazing but needs some definite work to get to a useable state for mobile-mobile video conferencing.
 

tyrelian

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My experience has been well i welcome the new features but when my friend tried to join my hangout the app told him that he is under 18 and can't join, any way he can fix that? He has a Evo 4g btw
 

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My experience has been well i welcome the new features but when my friend tried to join my hangout the app told him that he is under 18 and can't join, any way he can fix that? He has a Evo 4g btw

his gmail account settings (gmail account associated with his Google+ account) has a birth date associated with it. If he input a birth year that would calculate his age to be less than 18 yrs old then he won't be able to join.
have him check his account settings--birth date--and update if needed.
 

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his gmail account settings (gmail account associated with his Google+ account) has a birth date associated with it. If he input a birth year that would calculate his age to be less than 18 yrs old then he won't be able to join.
have him check his account settings--birth date--and update if needed.

I wonder if Google is going to be checking for this now? It didnt seem to be an issue before, but I suspect a lit of people are going to be changing their birthdates so that they can be on Google+.
 

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I think the static issue is with certain phones only (specifically the Atrix 4G). I was able to hangout with an EVO 3D and a Nexus S with no issues. As soon as the Atrix 4G user joins, the static starts.
 

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