Google Hangouts Sign Language Interpreter App


Google Hangouts allows users to video chat with friends, conduct meetings with colleges and broadcast recorded sessions online. With the launch of the new sign language interpreter app, Google Hangouts now also allows users to assign one of the Hangout participants the role of sign language interpreter. Live video of the sign language interpreter will be displayed in the top right of the screen throughout the Hangout session.

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