Hangouts is one of the most popular software that offers a stable video connection. It was developed by Google but initially was the feature of Google+. In 2013, Google decided to launch a standalone Google Hangouts product. Now, it is a part of G Suite and consists of two products: Google Meet and Google Chat. The application is available on the number of platforms: Android, Chrome OS, iOS, Google Chrome, or any other browsers that are compatible with Google Chrome Extensions, Web platform.
Hangouts allows two or more participants to have an online meeting. The group video chat feature allows up to 100 participants to join the same online conference. The service is accessible from the Google Chrome web browser, or other browsers. The only condition is that the browser has to be based on the Chromium engine.
There are mobile applications for Android and iOS, as well as an app for Chrome OS. Users can send each other the files of different files or text messages. Photos shared by participants during the conference are automatically uploaded to Google+ private albums. The service allows members to share their location.
The third-party apps do not have access to Hangouts since the proprietary protocol is used instead of the common XMPP. Chat histories are stored on Google’s servers, which allows you to synchronize them between devices. Unlike competitor services (for example, Mail.Ru Agent), in group chats, you can see where each user has read the correspondence.
Hangouts app has a clean and intuitive interface. It is made in the material design style, as the vast majority of other Google applications. The background color is white but you can change the color theme in the settings. The developers also use the green color to highlight the information or menu navigational bars. The chat window has the same design as other similar apps. On the top, you can see the person with whom you are chatting, and the buttons to return back, make the audio or video call. On the bottom, there is the space for text typing, and the icons to send the media files or stickers.
- Hangouts provides users with a reliable and stable connection;
- You can organize group chats with up to 100 participants;
- The application has a clean interface and intuitive navigation.
- You need to have Google account to use the app;
- No Windows Phone version.