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Why Google Hangouts is Worth Your Time to Download for Free?

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When it comes to free video calling and instant messaging, it’s easy to look past Google Hangouts, and it’s quite understandable why, when other apps such as Skype, WhatsApp, and iMessage have already made an impact on a lot of users.

Skype and Facetime are the more popular options for face-to-face video calling, and iMessage and WhatsApp for instant messaging. It does not mean, though, that Google Hangouts is not a good alternative when you’re looking for a different way to communicate with loved ones.

Google’s offering of communication app is slowly gaining popularity for people who prefer to participate in free messaging over texting. Frankly speaking, it’s not the best app in the world, but it already has some advantages over other apps of its kind. You might already have your favorite messaging app installed in your device. However, it wouldn’t hurt to try this app out. It’s able to get you a good experience from texting and video calling, without having to spend any money, since it’s free to download on Android and iOS devices. You’ll have to download the app to know if it can be a great alternative for other apps, however, here are some things that we like and don’t like about the app.

What We Like

Google Hangouts allows you to video chat with up to 9 people. This feature is not available on Facetime because it’s only a 1-1 video conferencing. Skype also allows you to do this but the catch is you need to have a premium Skype account to do this. In other words, you need to pay for it at about $10 a month. This makes Hangouts superior to these two apps. Group screen sharing also needs a premium Skype account, but Google Hangouts lets you do it for free. Another thing to like about Hangouts is the ability to call cell phones and landlines in Canada or in the United States for free. Skype users still need to buy Skype credits or get a monthly plan to use this feature. You can also share a Google Map of your location in a Hangout, and start a video by simply swiping the video icon.

What Turn Us Off

One major turn off of using Google Hangouts is that you still need to sign up for Google Plus before you can use the app. This is a drawback from other apps where you only need your mobile number to make it work. On the other hand, creating an account in Google Plus is easy and free, so if you have the time, just make your own profile. The other disadvantage of Hangouts is the lack of status. There’s no indication if you’re available to talk or not, and your friends can’t even see if you’re online. This works vice versa, so if you didn’t get a response from someone you just sent a text to, you can’t tell if he or she is just ignoring you or he or she is really not available. No matter what other people might say, statuses are very convenient for a lot of reasons.