Google is on a roll with adding new features to Slides—the company’s presentation software—on mobile. After introducing support for Airplay and Chromecast in June, Google just announced Slides support for Hangouts video calls on Android. Instead of sharing your PC desktop during a Hangouts call, the new feature allows you to display a presentation on Hangouts from your smartphone or tablet.
As with the AirPlay and Chromecast features, this essentially turns your phone into a presentation remote control, allowing you to advance through slides, check your speaker notes, and even monitor your presentation pace with a built-in timer.
To get started tap, the present button for your slideshow on your Android device. You should see options to present over a new Hangout, or an ongoing one pulled from meeting information saved in Google Calendar.
The new feature is rolling out over the next few days, so if you don’t see it yet it should land on your devices soon.
Why this matters: Google is slowly but surely improving its productivity suite with helpful additions like this that make it more convenient to use. Slides may not be the powerhouse that Microsoft PowerPoint is, but the web app definitely covers the basics. Plus, focusing on convenient additions like Hangouts integration is arguably more important than going toe-to-toe in a feature battle—a war Microsoft is sure to win.
There’s no word from Google if this feature is headed to iOS as well.