Google Hangouts is a popular chat and instant messaging app and free cloud service developed and published by Google. Originally introduced to the public as the primary communication backed by the short-lived social network platform Google+, this versatile messaging app was re-formatted into a standalone service that was offered for free to any holder of Google accounts. Like many other services offered by Google, Hangouts was also primarily accessible only via web browsers.
The most streamlined access was achieved utilizing an official Chrome extension application, which integrates with users browsers and allows quick and easy access to not only text and audio calls feature, but also high-quality video conferencing, sending messages to offline friends, infusing chats with pictures/emojis/animated GIFs, manage notifications, browser chat histories, and much more.
Some of the advanced features include the ability to keep your privacy secure by temporarily pausing history records, transform group chats (of up to 10 people) into a free video-conferencing call, enjoy a text chat with a group of 149 other people, and directly manage phone calls, SMS messaging and voicemail via Google Voice. Users should be aware that this free chat service does not allow its users to set their profile to the “invisible” online status.
What is Google Hangouts for?
Google Hangouts is a useful collaboration platform for bringing people together and making it easier for businesses to communicate. The application is automatically synchronized on all devices so that if you start a Hangout on your computer, you can continue to chat on another device, such as your phone. In concrete terms, Google Hangouts allows its users to :
- Make a conversation or a video call;
- Make phone calls with a Wi-Fi or data connection;
- Send text messages with a Google Voice or Project phone number.
Google Live Hangouts allows you to share live events on other platforms such as YouTube or a personal website. That way, your audience can choose how and where they access the content that’s being broadcast. In reality, many mobile users prefer to watch videos on YouTube. So you can sync Google Hangouts with YouTube to create a fast and freely accessible event. All you need to do is sign your YouTube account to Google Hangouts. Hangouts will automatically stream to YouTube. Also, anyone who missed the Hangout can watch it offline on YouTube.
The official Hangouts for Chrome browser allows users to very quickly handle their chat notifications and access a Google Hangouts interface window even when the Chrome browser is not even open. It is important to note that Google utilizes a unified notification system where the user can see them on a single device, and when acknowledged or dismissed they will be automatically removed from all other devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets.
- Supports group messaging
- Simple and clean interface
- Supports file sharing
- Supports video conferencing
- Requires stable internet connectivity
- Occasional lags
The apps’ simple messaging window features traditional user lists and the large chatlog area with all the user conversations with an advanced option to pop out the important conversations in their standalone window. All the chat windows can be set in the desired place and size anywhere on the desktop, with full support for multi-monitor PC setups. Since the vast functionality of this app is processed at distant Google servers, the local client that is installed on user PCs is quite small, clocking at less than half a megabyte.
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