Saturday, September 3, 2011

Google+ Hangout Hack: Mobile Phone Hangouts

 

Google launched the Hangout platform back in June of this year, there has been quite a bit of feedback from users looking for Hangouts to come to their mobile devices. With a good number of smartphones now with both front and back facing camera’s, video chat is now possible. Google has not made a statement on whether or not they plan on rolling the Hangout platform out to mobile devices, however, Adam Guerbuez  has come up with a hack 


Adam posted the following directions last evening:
  1. On your home PC, run two camera emulation programs like ManycamFake Webcam, Webcam simulator, or any other virtual webcam software.
  2. Open a Skype account on your PC
  3. Open a different Skype account on your mobile phone (iPhone is what we are using)
  4. In webcam source, on your Skype running on your pc, choose one of the vitual cam programs
  5. In hangouts settings choose the other virtual cam software as it’s source.
  6. Set the screen area to transmit the full size image of the person talking live on the hangout window.
  7. Set the screen area to transmit the video chat window open on Skype running on your pc, in the other virtual cam software you are running.
  8. Now, for audio to go both ways, we are currently just letting Skype use the PC’s mic to pick up whats coming out of the speakers on the PC (ppl talking in the hangout)
  9. Now to start the hangout or join the hangout from your mobile.  We use Itap RDC for the PC or use VNC on the mac
  10. Remote into your computer from the remote managment software, (rdc, teamviewer)
  11. Join or start the Hangout
  12. Minimize the remote connection software in your mobile and bring skype video call back up
Now enjoy a truly mobile hangout experience.
None of this would have been possible if it were not for the dedicated beta testing of the method by +Christopher Lira and +Brett Bjornsen to iron out the kinks.
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