Google Is Killing YouTube’s ‘Hangouts On Air’ This Year

The latest Google product coming to an end is “Hangouts on Air,” a fairly popular service for broadcasting a group video call live over the internet. “Notices saying the service is ‘going away later this year’ have started to pop up for users when they start a Hangout on Air,” reports Ars Technica, noting that Hangouts on Air is completely different from “Google Hangouts,” which just so happens to also be shutting down in the not-too-distant future. From the report: Hangouts on Air was popular with podcasters, since it was a super easy way to get a group of people together, on video, and have the conversation broadcasted live. Hangouts on Air started life on Google+ and transitioned to a part of YouTube in 2016, where live group video conversations could be created in the YouTube interface and then be recorded as a video for your YouTube channel. The service had great features like chat, screenshare, and an automatic camera system that would switch to the person that was talking, making it perfect for easy podcast videos. With Hangouts on Air dying, there really is no equivalent, easy way to do a live streamed group video chat. Google’s shutdown message points people to, but that page is only for a single person on a local webcam, not a group video chat.

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