Today Google released its unified messaging called Hangouts for iOS, Android and the Web with Google+ integration. Hangouts brings one-on-one and group conversations to life with photos, emoji, and video calls for free. The sender and receiver of this service are required to have the app installed.
The app shows if your friends are on to start the conversation including text, video and photos.. If they are not online, Hangouts will store your messages for later delivery. And you can do all that as you move between platforms across the desktop, Android, and iOS devices
Of course you can send simple text messages, but where Hangouts shines is in vivid multi-media communication. To spice up your words, you can add any of 850 hand-drawn emoji. You can send photos in Hangouts, which are saved to a saved to a Google+ album that you and you conversation partners can view, edit, and share later. In fact, you can go back and view your photo and messaging history at any time, or you can turn history off so your dispatches aren’t saved.
- Group conversations are better than ever. Send photos or emoji, see when people are engaged in the Hangout and message friends anytime, even if they’re not connected right now.
- Video calls make Hangouts more fun. Turn any conversation into a video call with up to 10 friends.
- All your friends can use Hangouts. Hangouts works on computers, phones, and tablets, so you can connect with everyone.
More Hangouts awesomeness:
- View and continue your Hangouts across devices.
- Get notifications just once. After you see an alert, it’ll be removed on other devices.
- Snooze your notifications if you’d prefer to respond later.
- See what you talked about in the past, including shared photos and your video call history.
- Keep a record of any Hangout for just a short period of time by turning history off.
- View collections of photos shared from each of your Hangouts.
- Choose from over 850 emoji to express what’s on your mind.