You can now download Google Hangouts Android, iOS and Chrome apps from the respective app stores. Announced earlier today, Hangouts lets you communicate with your G+ contacts easily from different devices. Google Hangouts web app will also receive some visual tweaks and enhancements making it look better and easier to use. The UI of web app will be identical to what we have already been seeing in mobile apps, known as cards UI. User will be able to customize his view by opting for one, two or three column interface.
Hangouts will replace Google Talk APK on your Android. Once you install Hangouts, it will overwrite the GTalk app and you will then use the newly installed app for all communication.
Google Hangouts vs. Google Talk – Should you upgrade?
Looking at all the awesome features that it brings, you should definitely upgrade from Google Talk to Hangouts. Here is a brief look at what the new app brings.
- Say more with photos and emoji.
- See when people are together in Hangouts, when they’re typing, or whether they’ve seen your message.
- Turn any conversation into a video call with up to 10 friends.
- Message friends anytime, even if they’re not connected right now.
- Use Hangouts on computers, Android and Apple devices.
- Hangouts stay in sync across devices so you can start or continue them anywhere.
- Choose from hundreds of emoji to help you make your point
- See what you talked about in the past, including shared photos and your video call history.
- Get notifications just once. Once you see an alert, you won’t see repeats on your computer or other Android devices.
- View collections of photos shared from each of your Hangouts.
- Snooze notifications at times when you’d prefer to be undisturbed by alerts
However, there is one big disadvantage:
- Unlike Google Talk, Hangouts does NOT allow the “invisible” status.
I am definitely going to update to Hangouts and also going to install the iOS app. Download links are provided below:
Download Google Hangouts App
Hangouts (apk) for Android: com.google.android.talk
Hangouts (ipa) for iOS: App Store Link
For Chrome: Chrome App Store Link
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