Varies with device
Varies with device
Hangouts is a lightweight instant messenger by Google. It lets you send messages, small media files, and make calls to multiple people using HD audio and video. Hangouts come as a free add-on to the standard free Google account so that you can start using it right away if you are already using Gmail or any other service of the developer. The phone number is not necessary to register. If you want to show your number, add it to your Google account.
Basic Set – 4/5
Using Hangouts, you can make free calls and send free messages to any other service user. The app supports low-latency HD audio and video calls so that you can communicate with friends and colleagues with minimal mobile traffic costs. In addition, you can use the app as a chat and a file-exchange platform for small files (up to 200MB per message) or location data.
The Green Thing – 5/5
Hangouts have a friendly user interface with green control elements and a standard material design layout. You can easily switch between sections via the hidden menu bar on the left or quickly start writing a new message by pressing the Plus button in the lower right corner. It takes second to get adjusted to the interface, as it’s similar to a variety of other apps.
Safe But Closed – 4/5
The service is based on a closed proprietary protocol, so it’s very secure for your personal data, but third-party services cannot have access to the app for any interactions. This means lower versatility of the app for companies and individuals who are accustomed to using integrated apps. It lets you attach media files that are stored only on the device storage.
Easy Access – 4/5
You can install the Hangouts app on iOS and Android devices. The app is available for free on the App Store and Google Play for free. You can also access your account from a web browser on your PC, Mac, or Linux. This feature is very convenient for cases when your phone is discharged, or you need a convenient messenger in your browser while in the office. It’s also a robust free solution for small companies (below 150 workers) in which all employers work on computers and can save time by chatting via the browser.
Unfortunately, you cannot access the service as it doesn’t work with browsers that are not powered by Chromium, such as Safari and Edge.
Hangouts messenger is a convenient application for small group chats (up to 150 members) and video rooms (up to 25 people). You can use it for both private and business needs as it’s secure, quick, and offers excellent connection quality.
- Up to 25 people per call
- You can send files of up to 200MB size
- One of the fastest messengers.
- No way to remove people from the chat without deleting the chat.