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Google Will Merge Hangouts, Talk & Messenger

Google has been working on unifying various real-time messaging applications across all devices, and the result are likely to be a unified messenger that allows anyone to do one-on-one chats as well as group video Hangouts.

According to Google Product Manager Nikhyl Singhal, Google has “done an incredibly poor job servicing our users here.” Singhal said that Google doesn’t have anything to announce, but that the company is definitely working on unifying all messaging experiences in the near future.

Singhal and his colleague Chee Chew, who has been credited with inventing Google+ Hangouts, also shared more details about how Google uses Hangouts internally. The company uses video conferencing for virtually all of its meetings, and Singhal said that this has been completely switched to Hangouts as a video conferencing solution. “We do over 10,000 hangouts every day at Google,” he said.

So the question remains what other features are coming to Hangouts? Chew and Singhal didn’t share too many specifics, but said that they’re goal is to make any Hangouts feature available on every supported device. This includes allowing mobile phone users to start a Hangout on Air, which will essentially bring mobile social live streaming to Google+ and YouTube.