Modify/hack a Google Hangout "feature": Press to Talk
October 1, 2013 6:22 AM Subscribe
I want to use a Google Hangout "On Air"
for a project, but a tiny limitation is getting in the way. I would like to bypass the 'Press to Talk' functionality with a tiny browser script/hack/modification. My programming knowledge is tiny, but I am sure this could be done super super simply with a script loaded in the browser. Perhaps there's better solution. Any ideas?
posted by 0bvious to computers & internet (4 answers total)
If you take a look at this screenshot
I made of a typical Hangout you can see the 'Press to Talk' button highlighted. (I have also clicked 'Inspect Element' in Chrome and the CSS for this can be seen in the same screen capture.)
This option only appears when users want to watch a YouTube video simultaneously. It exists so that chat doesn't drown out the sound of the video playing. I want to turn it off, or design a script that keeps the button virtually pressed. The script would have to be easy to re-produce, so that people at different locations could install it into their browsers without much hassle.
Could you help me write such a thing? Is it even possible? Perhaps you can direct me to a simpler solution?