Google hangouts is another popular messenger app that is creating great interest.
Hangouts let the users make and receive calls, text chat, hold video conferencing sessions and so forth. It runs on Smartphones, desktop computers and tablet PCs. This app was launched just recently and you can video chat with up to 10 people at one time.
While some people think Google Hangouts should never have replaced Google Talk, the new version provides several features that make it more efficient as a mobile messenger app. Now, the users get a simple and clean interface. Also, anyone on any web browser or system can use Google Hangouts. Video and voice quality are also great.
The requirements for using Google Hangouts on the web are quite few. You need a Smartphone or computer with a reliable internet connection. If you want to video chat with a group of people, having a decent internet connection is a must.
Google Hangouts App
You can also download the app from Google play or Apple Store. After you install the app to your device, it prompts you to log into your Google account. It will then ask you for a few permissions. You will also have the option to change your profile photo, confirm your phone number and enable circles.
However, Hangouts does not give the users the option of syncing with their Facebook account due to the stiff competition between Google+ and Facebook. Even so, most messenger apps like Viber and TextFree sync with Facebook contacts.
The Google Hangouts layout is fairly clean and simple. The homepage displays your last video calls and messages. The + icon in the upper right side directs you to another Hangouts page that contains a list of your contacts. The app lets you search for users by entering a person’s phone number, email or name in the top search bar.
One of the incredible features of Hangouts is group chat. You can message many people at the same time. Also, you can send pictures to your friends, either by taking a photo from within the app or by selecting a photo from the gallery. When snapping a photo, you can preview the image before sending.
Google Hangouts also sends you notifications on your phone. If you do not want to be disturbed by frequent notifications, you can set it to “snooze”.
Messaging within Google Hangouts is a lot more easy and fun. The video quality is decent. However, the video quality is largely dependent on the connection you have. The most interesting thing about this app is that it lets you choose the quality of video you want. In fact, this is one of the features that have given Google Hangouts an edge over Skype.
Overall, Google Hangouts Messenger is one of the best text messaging apps available out there at the moment. However, most people think that Google still needs to iron out a few kinks. For example, video quality is a bit terrible according to some people. Plus, you cannot chat with friends who do not use Hangouts.