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Google updates Google+ hangouts with a new look and screen sharing

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Google has updated Google+ Hangouts with a new design aesthetic, and new screen-sharing abilities.

Google+ Hangouts
Google+ Hangouts

One day after adding hangouts to the Google+ iOS app, Google's turning back to the web, adding a few new features and overhauling the look and feel of its video chat system. The biggest new feature is the ability to share your screen with the other people on your call, similar to the way Skype does so. Screen sharing has been available for a while as part of "Hangouts with Extras," similar to Gmail's Labs feature, and it's the first experimental feature to get incorporated into the main product. Hangouts also look different now, with larger video and a white aesthetic that fits in with Google's new design for all its products.