By Alexandra Burlacu | Mar 20, 2013 09:20 AM EDT
Google just introduced a new app for one of its most popular products, Google+ Hangouts, allowing users to snap screenshots with just one click.
Hangouts lets users chat with multiple people over video, but some moments deserve to be saved for posterity. Whether it's a funny face, a particular look or just a precious moment, users can now capture bits of their conversation with the new Hangouts Capture tool.
The feature is also making its way to mobile devices, which means users will be able to shoot video and snap pictures as well.
"The challenge, oftentimes, is capturing your favorite moments as they happen, so today we're introducing the new Hangouts Capture app," Google's Jeremy NG touts in a March 19 Google+ post announcing the new feature. "With it you can take pictures of your Hangouts-in-progress, including a number of features not available in the usual screenshot workarounds."
Such features include the ability to snap screenshots of a Hangout view with a single click and save all photos to a shared album, visible only to other Hangout invitees. Users can then view these screenshots while inside the Hangout, when browsing their photo albums, or by accessing the original Hangout post.
"And, importantly, you'll always know when the app is in use: when you join a Hangout, when someone opens the app, and whenever a picture is taken," the post further explains. "The Hangouts Capture app will soon be available worldwide, so look for it next time you join a Hangout. Together with Effects, YouTube and other apps, we hope you'll find Hangouts an even better way to make memories together."
The design of the new Hangouts Capture tool is quite simple, similar to the default camera app in Android and iOS. All users have to do to snap a picture is open the app, wait for the right moment and make the click. The new Hangouts Capture feature eliminates the need for external tools to take snapshots during a Hangout, which makes it a welcome addition for most users.
Meanwhile, the fact that snapshots go into an album shared with the rest of the Hangout participants makes things even easier, as the user doesn't need to specifically share the pictures. Those who want to discreetly snap screenshots and keep them to themselves, however, might not be so crazy about this automatic sharing. The tool is not intended for taking secret screenshots.
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