Google has launched Hangouts, a new unified messaging service that replaces numerous Google messaging service such as Google Talk, Google Voice and Google+ hangouts. Like iMessage from Apple, Google’s this new service will include all instant messaging capabilities like chat, Voice call and Video call. And the much-anticipated SMS integration will be coming to Google Hangouts soon.
Hangouts will be available on the most major platforms including iOS, Android and Chrome (Web).
What is Hangouts?
Hangouts is a new standalone application that bring conversations to life with photos, emoji, and even group video calls for free.
In this new Hangouts, Group conversations are better than ever. You can send HD Photos and emoji and messages anytime in the Hangout to friends even if they are online right now.
Also, just click the video icon to add your friend to Hangout Video call when you are text chatting with them easily. You can add up to 10 friends to single hangout session. Video call apps let you watch YouTube videos together, capture a special family moment with a photo, collaborate remotely through Google Drive and much more.
The best feature of this Hangouts is the Cross platform support. Don’t have to left anyone when you arrange Hangout, You can connect with your friends even if they are in the different platforms like computer, Android, iOS. It is all possible in this new unified “Hangouts” messaging service.
All conversations are stored and can be accessed via any platforms using hangouts history. For example, if you are chatting with your Android phone with your family, those messages can be accessed when you login from the computer and vice versa. Also, you have the option to delete those history.
Google’s Vic Gundrota said on stage today at Google I/O 2013,
“Of course we give you the ability to delete those things. But having the ability so save those conversations, I think is delightful and amazing.”
The best Features of Hangouts
Hangouts stay in sync across devices so you can start or continue them anywhere.
- Choose from hundreds of emoji to help you make your point
- See what you talked about in the past, including shared photos and your video call history.
- Get notifications just once. Once you see an alert, you won’t see repeats on your computer or other Android devices.
- View collections of photos shared from each of your Hangouts.
- Snooze notifications at times when you’d prefer to be undisturbed by alerts.