Hangouts

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  • Last update: 2 years ago
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Size: 28.60M
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  • Author: Google Inc.
  • Content rating: Rated for 3+
  • Package name: com.google.android.talk
  • Last update: 6 years ago
  • Version: 20.1.0
  • Size: 99.8 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Author: Google, Inc.
  • Content rating: Rated 4+
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Hangouts: Stay In Touch Review

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Hangouts is a communication app, that supports texting, video calls and video conferences. Downloading Hangouts you’ll be able to keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues through instant video chats, group calls or messages. Hangouts is available for both iOS and Android devices.

Functionality 5/5

Hangouts provides chats between two users as well as group chats. You can create a group chat for 150 users maximum or a video group call for 10 users. Besides, sending pictures, emojis, stickers and animated GIFs will help you to tell express more. Hangouts synchronizes between all your devices, all you have to do is to login to your account. You can also send your location to your contacts using the location-sharing button.

Design 4.5/5

The program has a stylish design. The green frame at the top of the screen adds charm to the general picture of the application. Having a conversation in video chat, you see the full-screen image of a person on the other side, while your image is shown in the corner of the display. When texting, you can use standard phone emoticons together with the app's own added to the messenger. Though the interface may be confusing when you are using the app for the first time.

Usability 4.5/5

Hangouts runs smoothly, and the navigation is easy. In a group chat, the app shows who is online right now, the time when a text message was written, and who is typing right now or if someone has changed his message. It is very easy to send your actual position to any dialog window with the Maps integration function, and this feature works smoothly. You can attach your Google Voice account to control the dialling operation, SMS typing, and creation of a voicemail. Another advantage of Hangouts is sending messages to anyone in your contact list, even if they are currently offline.

Cross-platform use 5/5

The stable work of the app requires having the devices based on iOS 9.0 or later versions. The application is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The app is compatible with Android OS devices. There is also a web version of the app accessible through web browsers.

In-app purchases

The use of the app is free of charge. Nevertheless, mobile operator and ISP may take the fee. The conversations with Hangouts users within the app won’t cost you a penny, but calls outside the app will be charged according to your cell phone plan.

The Bottom Line

Hangouts is a decent messenger, that provides an abundance of features: group chats, conference calls,  SMS and VOIP features, video chats. The navigation might be confusing at first, but you get used to the interface quickly. Support of GIFs definitely enlivens the pace of conversations. The app runs smoothly and provides solid synchronization. Download Hangouts and give it a try, it’s possible you will be pleasantly surprised.

 

 

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Conclusion

Hangouts is a handy app and a good choice if you need to perform lots of group video calls.


Pros : free use;
clean interface;
ability to control the app with Google Voice;
support of group calls and chats.

Cons : occasional time lapses.


Functionality 5.0

Design 4.5

Usability 4.5

Cross-platform use 5.0


Average : 4.8

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FAQ


  • How to start a group conversation in Hangouts?

    Launch the app. Tap Add > New conversation > New group. Choose the names, phone numbers, or email addresses of the participants in your group. Finally, tap Done.

  • How many people can participate in video calls and in conversations?

    You can add up to 150 Hangouts users to the conversation and up to 10 people to the video call.

  • How can I change my profile photo in Hangouts?

    First, tap Manu at the top left of the screen. Select Settings > your Google Account > Profile photo. You can take a new photo or select one from your gallery. You may also crop it. Tap Accept, and that's all.


Hangouts Version History


  • Hangouts v.14.0.136618992 for Android 4.1+ Nov. 04, 2016
  • Hangouts v.13.0.134811930 for Android 4.1+ Oct. 16, 2016
  • Hangouts v.13.0.134811930 for Android 4.1+ Oct. 07, 2016
  • Hangouts v.13.0.133066434 for Android 4.1+ Sep. 22, 2016
  • Hangouts v.12.0.130004787 for Android 4.1+ Aug. 24, 2016
  • Hangouts v.11.0.125976520 for Android 4.1+ Jul. 19, 2016
  • Hangouts v.10.0.123391178 for Android 4.1+ Jun. 07, 2016
  • Hangouts v.8.1.121732641 for Android 4.1+ May. 15, 2016
  • Hangouts v.8.0.116581895 for Android 4.1+ Mar. 14, 2016
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