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Hangouts Comments

great

Comment by louisbeckler784
about Hangouts Aug 2016

i think this is great for chat and also video chat, it's very simple and works great when you need to contact somone outside the country also

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Hangouts

Comment by mimanderson
about Hangouts Jul 2016

I'm trying to verify, if to use Hangouts video chat on an iOS, do you have to have a gmail account?

thanks!

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use it all the time

Comment by rondapuck1206
about Hangouts and Skype Apr 2016

i've been using hangout for a while now and has proven to so much faster and better that skype. I honestly wouldn't go back to use skype, this one is faster and easier so i recommend this one.

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yeah.. i like it

Comment by anikathompson9
about Hangouts Dec 2015

I like it, i mean... i use it for work and has never failed so i think it's fine, i like it because it has everything together and easy access gmail, google + and everything i like that

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great app

Comment by alisonblak
about Hangouts Dec 2015

i really like this app, it works great on my phone and it's faster than any other i've got like whatsapp. i think there might be some improvements to be made but i think is still one of the best

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Nice, but could do better

Comment by DamianN
about Hangouts Mar 2015

Very fast at sending and receiving messages, especially on mobile. I get my messages faster here than on other IM apps such as Whatsapp and Viber. Still some improvements to be done, like sometimes messages sent on a desktop don't get on the mobile version, which has caused me some problems in the past.

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Pidgin absolutely is an alternative to google talk

Comment by Awesome
about Hangouts and Jitsi, Miranda IM, Adium Oct 2012

Pidgin has an expansive plug-in ecosystem. Please un-remove it (add it back) as an alternative

Google Talk [ now Small Hangouts iconHangouts ]

needs:

Small Pidgin iconPidgin

and by extension
Small Adium iconAdium

the same claims apply to miranda
Small Miranda IM iconMiranda IM

Jitsi provides audio chat SIP/Jingle, and text chat XMPP, SIMPLE
Small Jitsi iconJitsi

Jitsi with 35 votes ought not be buried under show all.

[Edited by Venom88, November 12]

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The same with Google Talk. I mean one can have sterling VOI ...

Comment by Mason_IT
about Hangouts Jun 2011

The same with Google Talk.

I mean one can have sterling VOIP + remote desktop sharing and file transfer system in one app.

[Edited by Venom88, March 14]

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