Experience Better Call Quality Now on Google Hangouts with P2P Connections

February 9, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Frequent users of Google Hangout might have noticed an alert popping up on their devices over the past week. It’s about gaining access to P2P connections soon in Google. Not sure how that could benefit you? Just tap the update and the difference would be spot on.

Hangouts have now officially started rolling out peer-to-peer connections for routing audio and video, with which users can experience a jump in call quality from now on, both video and audio calls.

In fact if you are wondering how this would work, P2P connection is similar to a nodal connected system, with which each peer involved in the activity shares an equal workforce of transmitting data from one place to another. Data will be transferred through these peers, and will thus omit the necessity of passing it through servers.


It’s the same technology that have been adopted by some leading apps to carry out offline calls, but Hangouts is flipping the utility to make use of only server-less communication, thus by effectively providing a better and reliable call connection network.

However, Hangouts is not getting transformed into an all-time P2P messenger. Google explains that the Hangouts will establish peer-to-peer connection only when available, and will return to the server-based communication system once it finds a shortage in peers.

This, indirectly, can help to reduce the risk of location-targeted attacks, as P2P connections sometimes prove vulnerable due to the exposure of IP credentials of its users to all of its peers. DDoS attacks picked up stronger ground on P2P connections, following which companies stopped disclosing IP addresses to the rest. It needs to be seen whether Google will employ a similar stance.

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