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Hangouts is a messaging app that lets you send and receive messages, photos and more, and even...

  • Windows
    Through the Hangouts Chrome extension
  • Online
    In Gmail, Google+ or
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • Chrome OS
  • Android Tablet
  • iPad
  • Google Chrome
  • Android Wear

Hangouts is a messaging app that lets you send and receive messages, photos and more, and even start free video and voice calls – one to one or with a group!

"Hangouts" are places used to facilitate group video chat (with a maximum of 10 people participating in a single Hangout at any point in time).

Within the 10 person limit participants may use voice only phones to dial in to the hangout instead of the desktop or mobile video chat feature. More Info »

On a desktop or laptop environment hangouts also contain the integration of group chat, Google document sharing, and synchronous viewing of YouTube videos. More Info »

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Hangouts (sometimes referred to as Google Hangouts, Google Talk, GTalk, Google+ Hangouts) was added by Thelle in Mar 2012 and the lastest update was made in Nov 2015. There is a history of activites on Hangouts in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on Hangouts or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.

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

Google Talk [ now Small Hangouts iconHangouts ]


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and by extension
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the same claims apply to miranda
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Jitsi provides audio chat SIP/Jingle, and text chat XMPP, SIMPLE
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Jitsi with 35 votes ought not be buried under show all.

[Edited by Venom88, November 12]

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Google Talk is also an application.

I would argue that Google Talk is just the application front end to the standard Jabber protocol.


but joshhsoj1902 Google Talk doesn't use just the standard Jabber protocol that is why there is a specific entry in Pidgin to work with it rather than just using the XMPP option. However, I do understand what you mean and it is a good point.


Google Talk did use XMPP but Hangouts doesn't. I'm not sure if they still have the XMPP gateway to the new, proprietary network but yeah...


@tuuli85 I didn't claim that they didn't use XMPP, I stated that their implementation of XMPP is not standard. While Google Hangouts doesn't use XMPP as the main protocol it is still utilized for use in Pidgin.

I've actually changed my opinion of this topic actually, I think Pidgin is still not a direct alternative to Hangouts I'd be totally fine with claiming that it was for Google Talk. Hangouts though is 99% known for video which Pidgin is not for that usage.


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.


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]