Google is experimenting with floating chat bubbles for its Hangouts (Android | Chrome| iOS) messaging service in a leaked experiment. Screenshots show floating bubbles which expand a chat with a contact when clicked on. This feature resembles the Chat Heads feature found in Facebook Messenger for Android and iPad.
The leaked screenshot above shows a line of floating circles to the side of the screen. The green hangouts circle at the bottom lets you expand your contacts list with a search bar at the top. Once a contact is selected, a chat window expands to the left.
If this feature is anything like Chat Heads it’ll allow users to chat anywhere from their computer. The circles will float above all other windows for easy access. They can be dragged and moved if blocking something on the screen. While the screenshots only show a desktop version, it’d be nice to see a similar feature on Android.
Don’t expect to see this feature any time soon as the feature requires experimental developer tools only found in Google Chrome’s developer channel.
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