Hangouts

Google's platform for instant messaging and videoconferencing

Hangouts is the instant messaging and videoconferencing service from Google. It can be accessed through Google+, Gmail and mobile apps for iOS and Android, as well as from a Chrome extension that lets you chat with your contacts directly from the Windows desktop. View full description

PROS

  • Simple and minimalist interface
  • Video calls to multiple people
  • Apps available during video calls

CONS

  • No audio calls
  • Chrome must always be open

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Hangouts is the instant messaging and videoconferencing service from Google. It can be accessed through Google+, Gmail and mobile apps for iOS and Android, as well as from a Chrome extension that lets you chat with your contacts directly from the Windows desktop.

Instant messaging and video calls

Hangouts is an instant messaging platform with all the conventional features of any good messaging service. Once you're logged into your Google account, you can send messages, images, and emojis to your contacts in one-on-one or group conversations.

The videoconferencing feature allows you to make video calls with up to 10 people simultaneously, no matter which device they're connected on. It integrates apps like YouTube and Google Drive, as well as sounds and visual effects, to let you have a little fun during calls.

Only the essentials

Once installed, you can access Hangouts from Google Chrome in the right hand corner of the screen above the Windows task-bar. When not in use, the window can be minimized to the notification area.

The Hangouts interface is unobtrusive and minimalist in order to focus on what's most essential: chatting. The main window simply displays a list of your contacts and a search engine so that you can quickly look them up. When making video calls, a larger window opens up, giving you access to all the apps and features associated with the video.

Everything you need

Hangouts is the perfect extension if you have a lot of contacts using the service. It's got everything you need to easily communicate with friends, with the added bonus of some pretty cool video calling features. The only drawbacks are that you can't make basic audio calls, and Chrome always has to be open to use Hangouts.

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User reviews about Hangouts

  • Hosea Sukkushe, ACIPM, FIMMI,

    by Hosea Sukkushe, ACIPM, FIMMI,

    "Good tool and saves cost."

    It is a very good video conferencing for individual and large group..   More.

  • walker one

    by walker one

    "awesome"

    hang outs is awesome works very well on my phone now down loadin on my laptop..   More.

  • neroyoung1

    by neroyoung1

    "hangout is good for single account for chrome and hangout."

    Plus points i like : new emoji voice n video chat Negative points : Needs to open chrome ( unlike desktop gtalk ) si...   More.

  • andrew.okhota

    by andrew.okhota

    "G-Talk was much better"

    Hangouts has lots of glitches and is much slower than G-Talk.   More.

  • francisco.carrenopuertas

    by francisco.carrenopuertas

    "Good but only a extension not an app itself."

    Very good idea, but it's only a Chrome extension, so it needs keeping the browser open, or working in the background....   More.