Google Hangouts varies-with-device

Do video chats with your list of contacts through Gmail by using your device's camera

  • Category:

    Various Utilities

  • Works under:

    Windows 7 / Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 10

  • Also available for:

    Mac

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
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Google Hangouts is a messaging platform that lets you chat with up to 10 people simultaneously. This software was originally developed for mobile devices, but you can now use it on almost any PC or laptop imaginable. In addition to video chats, Google Hangouts also has a text messaging feature and file transfer option. With this program, you will be able to converse with family members, friends, and coworkers from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. Those who are still using Google Talk should consider upgrading to Google Hangouts.

Google’s development team has released a wide variety of messaging apps over the years, but many of them had limited functionality. Some only allow you to send short text messages while others were designed for transferring files. With Hangouts, you have access to a wide variety of features and services. This versatile platform has video chats, groups chats, and audio calls. All of those tools can be accessed on any Windows 10 computer or Android device.

If you have a Google Voice number, then you might want to download Hangouts as a companion app. It integrates with your Google Voice number so that you can make calls from anywhere in the world as long as you have a decent internet connection. Most calls within the United States are completely free, and international calls usually only cost a few pennies per minute. Before making those calls, you will need to enter your credit card information or connect Hangouts to a Google account that has a cash balance.

When you first log into Google Hangouts, the software will attempt to find other users that you might know. It is going to access your Gmail address book and any other Google accounts that you have. The home screen will then be populated with contacts who have downloaded Google Voice or Hangouts. On the computer, Hangouts can be used as a simple text messaging tool. All of your contacts who are online will sit directly at the top of the screen at all times. You also have the option of appearing offline or blocking certain users when you are busy.

This comprehensive messaging platform can be used to replace dozens of other apps and services. It is a great piece of software for anyone who wants to keep in touch with family members, colleagues, and coworkers. Once downloaded, it will integrate with most other Google apps and programs on your device. You will have the ability to send messages and receive calls while you are checking your Gmail account or searching for a place to eat on Google Maps.

Pros:

  • Works seamlessly with other Google apps
  • Multiple messaging tools
  • Calls and conversations can be saved

Cons:

  • Managing contacts is time-consuming
  • Some delay during video chats
  • Requires a good internet connection

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