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Google+ Update Mutes Sound While Typing in Hangout

by Ron Duwell | April 18, 2013April 18, 2013 11:00 pm PDT

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Here is a very clever little update from Google+. Now while talking with you friends on Hangout, Google+ will automatically mute your keyboard. No longer will your friends have to listen to you type loudly over their speakers.

The engineer behind the update, Tim Haloun, explains it simply as such.

– If someone keeps typing in a Hangout, their mic will be muted until they stop
– They’ll see an in-Hangout notification, so they know they’re not interrupting the conversation
– We’ll do this for larger Hangouts (4+ people).

So while maybe not so useful during friendly one-on-one conversations, company meetings and group sessions can proceed smoothly without the click-clacking of your keystrokes rudely interrupting everyone else. Writing e-mails, taking notes and secretly checking out updates on your favorite sporting team will no longer be an issue.

Expect Microsoft, Skype and everyone else to catch on eventually. The feature is available now with an update, so be sure to give it a spin and see if it works. Let us know if it does below.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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