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.

    Hangouts - Featured Articles

    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...
    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...
    Hangouts 4.0

    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...
    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...

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    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...
    Hangouts 4.0

    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...
    Google Slides

    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...
    Pushbullet

    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...
    A fox and a duck walk into a fireworks store...

    Have a happy Hangouts New Year

    If you type "lmao" you get an animated laughing Google Hangouts emoji blob, and now to celebrate the new year, the words "Happy New Year" gets you a celebrating fox, duck, and fireworks. Google believes in the small touches that sometimes make the biggest difference. Have a Happy New Year folks,...
    Hangouts Dialer

    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....

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