Google Hangouts

Contributor(s): Colin Steele

Google Hangouts is a unified communications service that allows members to initiate and participate in text, voice or video chats, either one-on-one or in a group. Hangouts are built into Google+ and Gmail, and mobile Hangouts apps are available for iOS and Android devices. 

Google Hangouts can also be a useful and cost-effective collaboration platform for enterprise customers. Hangouts also has an option called Google Hangouts on Air, which allows Google+ users to broadcast video calls live on YouTube. Hangouts on Air has gained traction as a free way for organizations to conduct online seminars and talk shows.

Google Hangouts replaces the previous chat capabilities built into Google+ and Gmail, as well as the standalone Google Talk app. Hangouts can also integrate with Google Voice, allowing users of that service to make free domestic phone calls from their computing devices.

As of this writing, the protocols that support Google Hangouts are proprietary. 

This was last updated in July 2016

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What has your experience been with Google Hangouts versus other cloud-based messaging services?
I have no experience 

is this good
no experience with this

Always works well for me for years.
Google hangouts no longer exists but just to give an idea it was best suited for casual and social interactions.

But for business meetings, security is what everybody aims for, hence, tools such as webex, R-HUB web video conferencing servers, gotomeeting etc. are preferred globally.