As a part of the competition with its arch rival Facebook, Google made its 3 month old social network Google+ open to internet public and integrated its search engine into Google+ and expanded its “Hangouts” video-chat feature to allow mobile use and broadcasting.
The company said its Hangouts feature where up to nine people can link up and chat with a user on video, will be available on camera equipped smartphones powered by its own Android software. Support for Apple iOS devices “is coming soon”, it added.
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Google+ users can search from Google+ and get results not just on the network, but from the worldwide Internet.
Google did not say how many people had signed up for Google+ so far, but confirmed the social network was now open to all, whereas previously it had been invitation-only. Analysts estimate upward of 25 million users have joined Google+ since its inception.