BEACON TRANSCRIPT – It would seem that the Mountain View-based tech giant is moving ahead of schedule in order to rejuvenate Google Hangouts, a formerly popular application used for text messaging and file sharing. Google Hangouts switched to P2P connections, in order to facilitate the communication between users.
In the midst of several changes of heart, Google has announced that it will not cancel the Hangouts project. A couple of months ago, the tech giant advised its users that it is better to use Hangouts over conventional Android messaging application.
Right after Google started to boast about the platform’s reliability, the tech giant had another change of heart, so to say, and last month it embedded some notifications, according to which users should use SMS applications for the Android OS, and not the Hangouts application.
There were several rumors in the air about Google wanting to drop the Hangouts project, in order to focus on the Messenger application. But it would seem that the tech company is not ready to give up on the social platform just yet.
In a recent statement, Google has announced that the popular application will now use P2P connections, for better video, audio and file transfer quality. Google Hangouts switched to P2P connections, considered to be more reliable and safe than traditional connections which mediate all users request through a designated server.
As defined by tech sites, the P2P connection, or peer-to-peer, is a decentralized model, which allows users, with the same privileges to communicate. The P2P connection is quite different from the traditional communication model since it does not require a server in order to mediate the communication request.
In the P2P model, each peer also called a node, can directly communicate with another peer, who shares the same communicational privileges.
Among the other benefits of such connection is a high degree of anonymity, since the IP cannot be traced. Skype uses the same communicational model in its latest update. Users using this type of connection can successfully hide their IP as not to be subjected to malware attacks.
Although this communication model sounds pretty nifty, it can also be used in order to pirate content. Large sites like Pirate Bay makes use of this type of connection, allowing the user to download content.
As far as Google Hangouts is concerned, the P2P model will allow users to bypass Google’s servers, making the communicational process more reliable. However, Google also mentioned the fact that this is not the default type of connection and that the application will use it when it’s convenient.
The update affects Google Hangouts for all platforms, including Windows and Android.