Google opened the floodgates a few months back when they opened the API for Google+ Hangouts to the public. One of the Google+’s strongest features was going to get a big push from the developer community that’s obsesses over Google+. Those developers have built some pretty awesome stuff and Google is using I/O to showcase it.
First up though, Google wanted to share some stats with how popular their Google+ Hangouts API has been among developers. It was found that developers have now created over 200 apps over the past 90 days. It was found that the average Hangout lasts 2.5 times longer when an app is being used which is great for developers, users and Google. Even more impressive, one in every 3 Hangouts uses an app. All those numbers should rise over the next year as Google pushes Hangouts and Google+ more.
They also took time out to showcase a few of the innovative apps that have caught their eye and will be featured for all to see and use with their own Hangouts.
The apps without links can be found on the unofficial Google+ Hangout Apps page. You can find a whole bevy of Hangout apps there as well including my personal favorite – Tabletop Forge.