Hangouts is an official Google application whose objective is to allow direct and immediate communication between two users. The application will also replace the venerable ‘Google Talk’, adding some new features over the classic messaging tool.
Thanks to the new features of Hangouts. It is possible to express yourself better using all kinds of visual material, such as photographs or icons (emoji), of which we will have more than a hundred different available.
As in many other instant messaging applications. Hangouts give us the possibility to know when our friends connect in the application. When they write or if we have written to them before when they have seen our message. In addition, we will not have to be connected to receive the message of another user.
In ‘Google Talk’, we can convert a Hangouts conversation into a video conference with up to ten people connected simultaneously. We just need to press a button and voila: instant video call.
One of the most interesting features of Hangouts is that we can use the service on any platform. Following up with any conversation that we have active. That is, we can start a conversation in front of the computer, continue it from our iPad, and end it on our Android mobile phone.
Hangouts, in addition to all this, will allow us to keep a record of our conversations with each user. This is especially good when it comes to saving the photos that we exchange with them since we can have personalized folders for each one.
One of the biggest differences from ‘Google Talk’, and one that some may not like, is that Hangouts does not have ‘invisible mode’. That is, if we are connected we are connected, and everyone will be able to see our status.
Hangouts is, by inheritance and features, the new standard communication tool for Android terminals. And she has everything to stay on that throne for a long time.
WHAT’S NEW IN HANGOUTS?
As we can see in Android Police, there is an avalanche of changes at the level of customization and notifications. Look at the following screenshots.
NOTIFICATION CHANNELS, FINALLY ADOPTED!
In previous versions of Hangouts, it was possible to set a different tone for calls and messages, but in the latest version this has been simplified to the maximum. Now you will only have a single switch to activate or deactivate notifications.
Now you will have two notification channels, for each of the registered accounts. You can establish the messages on the one hand, and the calls on the other. However, you will not be able to set a ringtone depending on who is calling you (family, friends, etc.).
THE OPTION TO CHANGE THE PROFILE PICTURE IS HIDDEN
This is not a big change, but Google has changed the way we change the profile photo. Now you can manage your Google account, and there will be where you can change the photo. If you lose sight of this option, you already know where it is (as on the right).
YOU CAN ALSO ADD YOUR PHONE NUMBER
Another step that Google has taken in Hangouts is the ability to add your phone number to your account so that people can find you more easily and so that Google Photos allows automatic sharing. Now outgoing calls from Hangouts could show your phone number, although there is also the option to remain anonymous.