Category: Communication

    Hangouts

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    • Vendor: Google Inc.
    • Version: Varies with device
    • Price: Free

    Microsoft has Skype. Apple has Facetime and iMessage. And for Google? It's Hangouts. A singular app for instant messages, text messages, group chat and voice or video calls. If you've never used it, it's actually a pretty compelling service. Seamlessly integrated in to Android and Chrome OS. There's an extension for using in the Chrome browser on desktops. You can use it on iOS. All you need is a device and a Google account.

    That's also one of the drawbacks, though, just like every other platform. It's a silo, confined to itself. Hangouts doesn't talk to Skype. Doesn't talk to Facetime. Both you and your friends have to have it. And if they're using BlackBerry or Windows Phone, they're simply out of luck.

    But if you use Hangouts, you know of its power. It's simple to chat with groups of people. Easy to see who's read your message and who hasn't.

    And if you want to broadcast a group chat for the world to see, it's time for Hangouts on Air. It's tied into YouTube. Just fire it up, chat away, and when you're done, it automatically uploads. (It's what we use for the Android Central Podcast, actually.

    Hangouts is still young, and it's still growing. We're waiting for it to integrate with Google Voice. And so we wait and see what Google has in mind Hangouts next.

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    What you need to know about the new Google Hangouts, Hangouts Dialer, and the old Google Voice

    What you need to know about the new Google Hangouts, Hangouts Dialer, and the old Google Voice

    The new Hangouts is beautiful, and more than a little confusing now that it can integrate with Google Voice Google Hangouts is getting a pretty major refresh, and it now integrates with Google Voice. And there's a new Hangouts Dialer to contend with if you want to use both together. If it's all...
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    Hangouts Dialer now actually identifies itself as a dialer app

    With a simple app update, Google has just fixed one of the biggest gripes with the Hangouts Dialer — it's now actually identifying itself to the system as a dialer app. Prior to today's update, you couldn't quite fully replace your normal phone app with Hangouts because if you ever needed to...
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    Hangouts gets a whole lot smarter, brings last seen timestamps and more

    Hangouts just received an update that sees the addition of 16 sticker packs, new video filters for calls, ability to add contacts with their phone number, smart location suggestions and more. Also new is a "last seen" timestamp that shows you when your contact has last checked the service....
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    I'm going all-in with Hangouts for messaging and calls

    Google still has work to do, but you couldn't pay me to go back to the way things were before I'm just finishing a two week experiment where I've gone "all in" on Google Hangouts for my calling and texting. After dabbling around with things and watching bugs get fixed for a week after Hangouts...

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    Hangouts Dialer now actually identifies itself as a dialer app

    With a simple app update, Google has just fixed one of the biggest gripes with the Hangouts Dialer — it's now actually identifying itself to the system as a dialer app. Prior to today's update, you couldn't quite fully replace your normal phone app with Hangouts because if you ever needed to...
    Google Hangouts

    Hangouts gets a whole lot smarter, brings last seen timestamps and more

    Hangouts just received an update that sees the addition of 16 sticker packs, new video filters for calls, ability to add contacts with their phone number, smart location suggestions and more. Also new is a "last seen" timestamp that shows you when your contact has last checked the service....
    Wire is yet another reminder that Google Hangouts needs more than Chrome extensions

    Wire is yet another reminder that Google Hangouts needs more than Chrome extensions

    Wire is the latest new-chat-service-to-end-all-others of the month. It's very nicely designed (especially for a v1 release), is backed by one of the co-founders from Skype and basically is this week's media darling. And for good reason — it's a compelling app that's quickly captured the interest...
    Google makes the first minute of select international Hangouts calls free through 2014

    Google makes the first minute of select international Hangouts calls free through 2014

    As an incentive to get people to try the Hangouts app to make phone calls, Google is offering the first minute of calls for free to 25 countries. While most calls to numbers in the U.S. and Canada are free through Hangouts, the first free minute of international calling to select countries will...
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    I'm going all-in with Hangouts for messaging and calls

    Google still has work to do, but you couldn't pay me to go back to the way things were before I'm just finishing a two week experiment where I've gone "all in" on Google Hangouts for my calling and texting. After dabbling around with things and watching bugs get fixed for a week after Hangouts...
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    Why you shouldn't delete the Google Voice app just yet

    If you want to use your Google Voice number for every call, keep the app installed for now The times, they are a-changin'. Google Voice is slowly but surely being absorbed into Hangouts, and you can do basically everything you used to do in the Google Voice app inside Hangouts now instead. I say...
    Video Hangouts on Android no longer require Google+ account

    Video Hangouts on Android no longer require Google+ account

    With this week's update to Hangouts users without Google+ accounts got a special treat. Any user can now join a multi-way video call on either iOS or Android. A major refresh for Google Hangouts is in the process of rolling out. Be sure to checkout our overview of the changes. What do you...
    Google Hangouts getting free voice calls and voicemail

    Google Hangouts getting free voice calls and voicemail

    It's been a long loooong time coming, but Google Voice is finally getting more-or-less fully integrated into Hangouts. Earlier today we saw Google migrating Voice messaging into Hangouts, and now with an update to the Hangouts app for both Android (version 2.3, which will be rolling out over the...
    New presence feature in Hangouts makes it clear to Gmail friends that you're not giving them the cold shoulder

    New presence feature in Hangouts makes it clear to Gmail friends that you're not giving them the cold shoulder

    Gmail is making it easier to create or join a Hangouts with friends by grouping those who are online currently together so you know who to initiate a conversation with if you need an instant response. The change, effective today, will now show a separate tab when you log into Gmail on the browser...
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    Google's latest acquisitions push forward in mobile chat and video advertising

    Earlier this week Google confirmed two small acquisitions — Directr and Emu. Both of them should help push the company's mobile and advertising agenda forward. Let's start with Directr, a movie-making app that is being absorbed into YouTube. If you take a look at the company's website you'll see...

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