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Hangouts targets improved call quality and speed with peer-to-peer connections

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will now seek to establish peer-to-peer connections for new calls, a move that should improve the speed and quality of connections.

A Reddit user spotted the change when initiating the call recently. Also, launched a help page that outlines how the upgrade works, including the caveat that P2P connections will reveal your IP address. 

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You may see a notification about improved quality next time you initiate a call.

A representative confirmed to Venturebeat that will roll out the change across all platforms: , , and the web. So you may see such an improvement next time you use Hangouts to make a voice call.

Why this matters: This move should help Hangouts with better call quality, which I’ve found to often be a subpar and frustrating experience. Google notes this feature will kick in when possible, so don’t expect to see it every single time. 

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