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Hangouts is a messaging service, a way to organize SMS chats and even live video broadcasts with your friends and colleagues. Google introduced Hangouts as a universal app of communication on a distance.

Design 7/10

The interface of the Google Hangouts application is simple. In the chat window, there are only a couple of columns – dialogs and messages. There is the possibility of manual or voice dialing and automatic number identification (AON). Search for contacts is simple and convenient. Some of them are being pulled from Google+.

Sound & Notifications 8.5/10

Hangouts notifies you of any messages and missed calls on your account. Most likely, when you start a new conversation, you will receive a notification about this. So, Hangouts chat shows a bell in the upper corner of each conversation – and it will be red by default in every conversation that you start. Click on the bell to turn off notifications from this conversation. If someone mentions you or sends you a direct message, you will also receive a notification about this. These notifications will appear in the upper right corner of Google Hangouts chat and other new G Suite apps, including Google Photos.

Set of Functions 8/10

Hangouts provides support for video and group chats. Correspondence is synchronized on all devices. You can continue the dialogue where you left off and no matter from which device. The most enjoyable and noticeable innovation is the quick response feature. From now on, when a notification about a new message appears at the top of the display, the user can press a special button and immediately proceed to compose a reply letter. This function only works if there is one unread message. In addition, smartphone owners can add a dialogue with a user to the desktop. This will allow you to instantly switch to communication.

Usability 8.5/10

At the first start, you need to log in to your Gmail account and confirm the phone number. Then you can start a conversation with one or more people or a video call. The choice of interlocutors was implemented competently. The multi-selection is immediately implemented, and if only one person is needed, select it and click on the icon for starting text chat or video chat.


Google Hangouts provides one of the highest quality video communications. This app is actively used in teaching activities. Many universities and large business companies use it thanks to high-quality video conferencing. Currently, almost every institution has distance learning courses and people working remotely. Everything you need is a microphone, a projector, and a lecture audience.



  • Somewhat complicated interface
  • Not as many users as in other messengers.


  • Works on all devices: Windows, Linux, Mac iOs, Android
  • All types of communications: video, desktop sharing, voice, and chat
  • You can organize a webinar with a broadcast on Youtube.

Design 7

Key Functions 8

Usability 8

Cross-platform use 10

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