Hangouts is a platform developed by Google for chatting and performing online video conferences with all your contacts. This tool tries to unify Google’s earlier communicative applications into a new active way of sharing information such as your own screen, or creating group conversations with your friends. At the same time, Hangouts synchronizes your Google+ account to check the events on this social network much quicker than with just the Web version.
The main function that users may be aware of is the chat possibility, which turns this application into an instant messenger. Unlike other similar software, Hangouts takes your contact list directly from your personal Gmail account, which makes it much easier to gather together your work colleagues or your relatives into this application. The way it works, with a very simple interface, makes it easier for general users to get the hang of Hangouts without any kind of problem. One-on-one and group conversations are handled nicely, with all the options you need for a complete communication process.
This application integrates also the social elements that Google is trying to merge
Despite Hangouts being really similar to former IM clients, this application also integrates the social elements that Google is trying to merge in all its services. For this reason, the tool has been developed to enhance the social performance with your G+ circles. This way, you can send messages directly to a personal group that you have previously created without creating it every time. This is also pretty handy when you need to perform work video conferences, or to share your screen information for educational issues without need to download external software.
This service is automatically synchronized with all the similar services such as G+ and Gmail, so you will be able to access to your conversations from anywhere with just your personal account. It is also compatible with almost any kind of mobile device so you can be always connected and updated with all your interests. Hangouts has full support for Google Drive, and lets you download files directly from the service.
One of the most interesting functions of Hangouts is the possibility of live broadcasting all around the world. This means an immediate way of simple communication with the entire world using YouTube as a channel for doing this. The On Air function gives you the possibility of sharing all kinds of content with any user in realtime, and your audience will be free to comment and give their feedback.
Hangouts 2013.717.433.1 Features
These are the main characteristics of Hangouts for your computer:
- Chat and share files while you manage your G+ social circles synchronized with your personal Google account
- Hangouts enables the screen-sharing option for broadcasting the elements you show in your display
- On-air broadcasting option allows you to share your knowledge with other users and get immediate feedback
- Great quality for video calls even in groups of up to ten different contacts at the same time
- Messages are linked to your account, so you can receive notifications on each compatible device
- Download and share documents for free thanks to the compatibility with Google Drive
If you are interested in learning more about the application you are free to check its official webpage.
Here you can find the requirements your computer needs to run Hangouts:
- Operating system: Windows XP SP1 or newer
- CPU: Dual core 2 GHz processor or faster
- Memory: 128 MB RAM