Hangouts is an application developed for instant messaging. You can make video and voice calls for free as well as chat without any charge. The only requirement is that your contact should have Hangout installed on his device. The app is compatible with Android and iOS.
Design and Usability, 5/5
The app is well done. The interface can boast of a comprehensive layout. You will find everything you need without the guide. When you download the app, you will find yourself on the Home page and see a brief menu with all features.
Usage is simple too. The users find each other by phone numbers. You can create a contact list in your account. When you are going to initiate communication, find the users scrolling a list or entering the name in a search box and invite them with a single tap. On the screen you will find instructions on how you can arrange the environment. And by the way, Hangout allows you to hang out for an unlimited time period meaning that you can communicate with your friends or colleagues as long as you need.
Key Functions, 5/5
There are a lot of useful features. You can make a video call talking with up to 10 persons at a time. The current speaker will be shown right in the center of the screen while all other participants of the meeting will be displayed below. The app allows viewing, listening, and speaking. You will be viewed and heard by other people as well. It is possible to turn off your microphone and camera, but you will continue listening to the conversation. You can send and receive messages applying a chatting function. Add various emoji, visual effects, pictures to your messages and make a distant communication emotional and intimate. There are plenty of other features like anonymous messages, which can be activated in the custom settings.
The app is really safe to use. It encrypts your information protecting your privacy and safety. But you should know that it doesn't provide end-to-end encryption.
- Some options are available for Google contacts only
- It does not display status messages.
- The app guarantees the high quality of video and audio calls
- It provides a quick access to chatting option
- It is easy to navigate.