The New Google Hangouts App is Fully Desktop-Based

 - Oct 15, 2014
References: chrome.blogspot & mashable
Google Hangouts has introduced a new desktop app that will allow its users to chat and make calls without having to open their web browser. The desktop app is compatible with Windows and Chrome OS.

Despite rolling out a desktop app, Google Hangouts ensures that chats and notifications between the desktop and mobile apps will be synced. This streamlined design keeps communications accessible without causing confusion. In addition to syncing notifications and chats, contacts will also be gathered in one window that is easy to toggle and navigate.

The app supports both voice and video calls, while also allowing users to listen to voicemails and read text messages using their Google Voice number.

Google Hangouts users using the Chrome extension will soon be prompted to try the desktop app.