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Hangouts for Android

By Google Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Hangouts

  • Expand social contacts worldwide with private and group conversations, messaging, and expressive media sharing
  • Last updated on 09/01/20
  • There have been 5 updates within the past 6 months
  • Also available on iOS

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Aug 17, 2015

Google Hangouts is a well-designed messaging service available across multiple platforms, offering text, audio, and video services in one easy-to-use app.

Pros

Chat with a friend or a group: Chat one-on-one or carry on a conversation with as many as 100 people simultaneously. Video chats can handle as many as 10 participants. The audio and video quality are good.

Works across platforms: Hangouts is an app for Android and iOS, but it's also available in Gmail and Google+ and through the Chrome app on Windows, OS X, and Chrome OS. It's easy to start a chat on one platform and pick it up on another.

Mix messages: You can send and receive Hangouts and SMS text messages and quickly switch between the two. You can sign in to multiple accounts and chat with contacts from all accounts.

Calls: Make calls to contacts over your cellular network directly from Hangouts. Add Google's Hangouts Dialer and you can make Internet calls as well.

Send attachments and your location: Tap the paperclip icon in the chat box to send a photo or a sticker. You can also attach a map of your current location to a message.

Modern look: Hangouts is wrapped in Google's Material design, giving the app a pleasing and unified Google look and feel.

Cons

Lacks fine message control: You can't delete individual messages from a contact, only your entire history of messages.

Bottom Line

Google's Hangouts is well designed, works seamlessly with your Google contacts, and is available across multiple platforms. Its combination of text, audio, video, and cell and Internet phone services puts it on a par with other solid messaging apps, including Skype.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 35.0.327050771

  • Bug fixes.
  • Android 8.0+ devices: Customized ring and chat message tones for individual classic Hangouts conversations and contacts will be removed. You can still customize general ring tones and messaging sounds for classic Hangouts by accessing Settings via the Menu section of the app.

General

Release September 1, 2020
Date Added September 1, 2020
Version 35.0.327050771

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 27,526
Downloads Last Week 18
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Developer's Description

Use Hangouts to keep in touch. Message contacts, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group.

  • Include all your contacts with group chats for up to 150 people.
  • Say more with status messages, photos, videos, maps, emoji, stickers, and animated GIFs.
  • Turn any conversation into a free group video call with up to 10 contacts.
  • Call any phone number in the world (and all calls to other Hangouts users are free!).
  • Connect your Google Voice account for phone calling, SMS texting, and voicemail integration.
  • Keep in touch with contacts across Android, iOS, and the web, and sync chats across all your devices.
  • Message contacts anytime, even if they're offline.

Notes: Mobile carrier and ISP charges may apply. Calls to Hangouts users are free, but other calls might be charged.