By Melony Roy


More changes were announced today for the fledgling social network.

In a blog post, Google announced it is decoupling Hangouts from Google+, giving the service its own dedicated homepage.

(Photo Credit: Google)

(Photo Credit: Google)

This move should make some happy, after the tech giant drew the ire of its users by requiring a Google+ account to use many of its popular products, like YouTube.

Through the new website, users will be able to message a friend or start group chats. They can also add up to 100 people in a group chat, which also supports photos, maps, stickers, GIFs and emoji. The site also makes it easy to set up video calls where you can talk one-on-one or set up a group call with up to 10 people.

The new Hangouts site will also feature “an inspiring image to get you through the day,” with images pulled from Google+.

Google Hangouts is not the only Google service that became standalone from Google+. Google Photos spun out of Google+ just last month.