Hangout group chat text shows above people's thumbnails now!
When you are inside a Hangout video call of any kind (HVC or HOA) you can now see the internal text chat above the video thumbnails in the filmstrip.
This just showed up inside Hangout Video Calls. If your group chat pane is already open, you won't see this above the filmstrip, but if the group chat window is closed as pictured here, the latest chat text for each person typing will show above their thumbnail image for only those inside the Hangout Video interface.
This chat area is internal to hangout participants only… viewers of a HOA broadcast will not see this internal chat text. h/t: tofor pointing this out.
This means filmstrip participants won't have to open up the chat window to see the chat action during a hangout video call or hangout on air.