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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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    Google's latest update for Hangouts lets you record and send video messages

    Google has begun rolling out an update on the Play Store for the company's Hangouts app, which is said to add support for recording and firing off video messages. According to Phandroid, the update will bump the app up to version 11, adding the ability for up to a minute of video to be recorded...
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    Hangouts update brings notification quick replies, design tweaks and more

    Hangouts has received a pretty nifty update that introduces some interface tweaks along with a long-requested feature: quick replies from notifications. The latest version clocks in at 7.0, and now allows users to compose replies directly from notifications — just expand the notification, tap "...
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    Google rumored to be working on new messaging app to take on Facebook Messenger

    Google is reportedly working on a new messaging app designed to compete with services like Facebook Messenger, Skype and WhatsApp. The report claims that Google is looking to add integrated chatbots as part of this new messaging service. Google already has its own Hangouts app for text, voice...

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    Google's latest update for Hangouts lets you record and send video messages

    Google has begun rolling out an update on the Play Store for the company's Hangouts app, which is said to add support for recording and firing off video messages. According to Phandroid, the update will bump the app up to version 11, adding the ability for up to a minute of video to be recorded...
    Google Hangouts quick replies

    Hangouts update brings notification quick replies, design tweaks and more

    Hangouts has received a pretty nifty update that introduces some interface tweaks along with a long-requested feature: quick replies from notifications. The latest version clocks in at 7.0, and now allows users to compose replies directly from notifications — just expand the notification, tap "...
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    Google rumored to be working on new messaging app to take on Facebook Messenger

    Google is reportedly working on a new messaging app designed to compete with services like Facebook Messenger, Skype and WhatsApp. The report claims that Google is looking to add integrated chatbots as part of this new messaging service. Google already has its own Hangouts app for text, voice...
    Google offers free calls to France with Hangouts after attacks in Paris

    Google offers free calls to France with Hangouts after attacks in Paris

    Following a series of attacks that took place in Paris on Friday evening, Google has announced that calls made to France using Hangouts will be free of charge. Google announced the move in a Google+ post expressing solidarity with France: We're thinking of you, Paris. No fees on calls to...
    Google streamlining Hangouts on the web with interface tweaks, higher quality video

    Google streamlining Hangouts on the web with interface tweaks, higher quality video

    Google has announced some tweaks that are coming to Hangouts calls on the web intended to streamline the interface a bit and improve video quality. The new experience was announced by Google software engineer Eduardo Fernández, and includes moving the call control buttons down to the bottom...
    Google gives Hangouts its own space on the web

    Google introduces a new space for Hangouts on the web

    Google has introduced a new central location for Hangouts on the web. The new site presents you with all of your Google contacts, and options for getting in contact with them. You can easily initiate a video or phone call, as well as a new message thread by clicking one of the three big new...
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    Google Voice users will get group SMS support thanks to Hangouts 4.0

    Along with its new design, and speed improvements, Hangouts 4.0 will bring along with it the ability for Google Voice users to participate in group SMS (sometimes referred to as group MMS) conversations. While there are a few catches, this is a huge step in the right direction for Google Voice...
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    Google Slides can now share directly to video Hangouts

    There are few situations where that one person who joins a meeting through Hangouts on a mobile device is appreciated, but an update to Google Slides is likely to change that. The update adds Hangouts sharing for your projects, which means you can start a presentation from your smartphone and...
    No, Project Fi will not destroy your Google Voice account

    No, Project Fi will not destroy your Google Voice account

    Google's MVNO project relies heavily on the same technology that makes Google Voice work, but you're not losing anything by using Fi. News that Google was finally pushing Project Fi invites to a handful of people led to a whole lot of users asking those lucky enough to get in on the action what...
    Hangouts phone calls to pick up faster connection speeds on desktop

    Hangouts phone calls to pick up faster connection speeds on desktop

    Making calls in Google Hangouts from the desktop is about to get faster thanks to an updates that will improve connection speed from Gmail and Inbox. The changes, which will apply to Hangouts call connections on Gmail and Inbox from the desktop, and call answering for incoming Google Voice...
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    Pushbullet now offers desktop replies for Whatsapp, Hangouts, and more

    The Pushbullet notification synchronization tool now lets users compose and send replies via five different messaging apps. Those apps would be WhatsApp, Telegram, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and Line. Pushbullet picked up text message reply support several months ago. Four of those...
    Google deprecating Google Talk for Windows on Feb. 23

    Google deprecating Google Talk for Windows on Feb. 23

    If you're still hanging onto the Google Talk app on your Windows PC, you might want to consider moving to Hangouts. Google's Product Manager for Google Voice and Hangouts, Mayur Kamat, took to Google Plus today to announce that, as of Feb. 23, the Google Talk app for Windows will be deprecated...

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