This app works on both iPhones and iPads, and provides the same features as the desktop and Android alternatives. The iPhone app also allows you to sync across platforms, so you can receive your notifications regardless of your device.
Instant messaging and video calls Hangouts is an instant messaging platform with all the conventional features of any good messaging service. Once you're logged into your Google account, you can send messages, images, and emojis to your contacts in one-on-one or group conversations. The videoconferencing feature allows you to make video calls with up to 10 people simultaneously, no matter which device they're connected on. It integrates apps like YouTube and Google Drive, as well as sounds and visual effects, to let you have a little fun during calls. Only the essentials Once installed, you can access Hangouts from Google Chrome in the right hand corner of the screen above the Windows task-bar. When not in use, the window can be minimized to the notification area.
The Hangouts interface is unobtrusive and minimalist in order to focus on what's most essential: chatting. The main window simply displays a list of your contacts and a search engine so that you can quickly look them up. When making video calls, a larger window opens up, giving you access to all the apps and features associated with the video. By Anonymous Good but only a extension not an app itself. Very good idea, but it's only a Chrome extension, so it needs keep. Good but only a extension not an app itself.
Very good idea, but it's only a Chrome extension, so it needs keeping the browser open, or working in the background. The app is realy 'light' in HDD memory terms but absolutely not in the RAM ones. Pros: Videocalling All the conversations are sync in all devices instantly Cons: Need so many resources You can't know who is conected or not reviewed on August 12, 2013 • • Articles about Hangouts.
A new universal app has made its way to the Windows Store, and it lets you chat with your Google contacts on Hangouts. Client for Hangouts is still in alpha, but it offers a variety of features and functionality that will help you get chatting with ease. The idea behind the app is pretty simple, you download and then sign in with your Google account to chat with your contacts.
Once signed in, you can see your contact lists, your existing chats and then hop into one with a simple tap. The app description reads.
Advertisement Does Google hate desktop users? The mess that is Google Hangouts (previously known as Google Talk) kind of suggests they do. It took someone outside Google hacking away at CSS to finally offer a decent chat experience for Windows, Mac and Linux users – and if you’re a Chrome user. Chat shouldn’t be complicated, and Google seems to know thison mobile. Hangouts for Android is What if there was one app that could do it all? Meet Google Hangouts for Android. For that platform, and the iOS version is also straightforward.
Open the app; start chatting. How is it possible Google Hangouts is simultaneously the best mobile and worst desktop app?
— Pete Pachal (@petepachal) On the desktopnot so much. Hangouts is designed on these platforms to be second fiddle to something, as Michal Csanaky: Currently you can access the chat either as a secondary feature in Gmail, or install the Hangouts extension where, similarly as in Gmail, you constantly keep hiding and resizing the chat windows all over your screen.
Neither are great options, so Csanaky made his own alternative version of Hangouts – one that functions more like the mobile versions Google offers. The result, is what Google should have offered all along. Here you can see all of your conversations, in the same place, without cluttering up Gmail or anything else. Windows don’t pop up over your inbox or your operating system – they’re continued in one tab. It just works.
We can’t help but ask: why did a third party designer have to hack this together, instead of Google offering it? What Common Hangouts Offers Common Hangouts, offered as a Chrome extension, is basically a CSS hack that gives you a window with Hangouts and only Hangouts – no Gmail or Google Plus in the background. This is going to be better for many users for a variety of reasons: • Unlike using Hangouts in Gmail, your chats are the primary focus – not the inevitable distraction of email.
• Unlike the Hangouts extension for Chrome, windows don’t pop up over your work in other programs – everything stays in one place. • The design is cleaned up quite a bit, in a way that’s easy on the eyes and consistent. What Google Offers Google’s ongoing mission to unnecessarily complicate our lives with conflicting products means that there are two different Hangouts options for desktop users outside of Gmail. Both aren’t “desktop clients” so much as Chrome-only add-ons, and if you’re looking to add Hangouts to Chrome it’s going to be hard to tell the difference.