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Hangouts Reviews

Consuming way too much data

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Google Hangouts is suddenly consuming 7 MB per day over mobile connection. To send a few plain text messages? It's ridiculous. I turned off the "Improve Hangouts" option but it didn't help.

[Edited by endolith, March 05]

[Edited by endolith, July 16]

This doesn't seem to happen anymore, but it's a bit dirty that Google embraced, extended and extinguished other chat protocols like AIM. It used to use an open-source protocol but then Google decided the walled garden would make them more money? Sigh.


Gtalk never left beta

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i will never understand the love Hangouts gets and it is completely unwarranted. Had Google simply developed Gtalk beyond beta Hangouts might of actually become the Gtalk on steroids version we are still asking for. i think it was roughly 5 years in total gtalk stayed around (the entire time in beta) and up until near the end it still worked pretty well. Coming over from gtalk to Hangouts i was quite irritated to see that file transfer had been completely removed and every time i dragged a zip file or some other file to share Hangouts would tell me to email it to that contact instead grrrrrr! how infuriating because when i wanted to share a video of some gaming footage i just recorded that was say 100mb or as little as 20mb i obviously couldn't email it to my contact because of file size limits put in place and Google knows that! (dick move) i occasionally send a message on it when i get a new android device and i am still installing and setting up apps, to get a message across but other than that i have no interest in Hangouts. It still only serves me as a reminder of how Google killed Gtalk for no good reason besides being dicks. i honestly couldn't say if the latest versions are much different than that of the last time i tried using it seriously but i doubt very much it does what i want and does more what Google wants than anything else.


I resonate with your feeling about this software, Halcion.

Unfortunately, Google has become the 'evil corporation' that it criticised Microsoft of being, back in it's early days. Google has not only forgotten it's own motto from those days, "Do no evil!"; but forsaken that motto altogether, apparently. Alas!

Google FORCE on "Hangouts"

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On Gmail and on every new Android device there is this crappy Hangouts App and Google do it the Google Way: THEY decide for you and that make me not want to be a part of the app with this redicoulos name that sounds like a 12 year old made it up.

And when Skype works just completly fine and Viber is an option I can not see why give Google this part of the internet and your privacy to.


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I still use hangouts, but I find it severely lacking in several aspects:

  • no dark mode
  • sub-par emojis and stickers
  • no search function for emoji's
  • no GIF functionality
  • no file transfer functionality
  • heavily compresses/resizes JPG
  • used to support phone SMS, but that functionality has since been dropped. (App still notifies me on non-SMS tablet devices).
  • should be merged or integrated with Google Voice. Google voice will send text and voicemail to hangouts, but you cannot use hangouts to send text or call using google voice. You can use the Hangouts Dialer (now abandonware) app to call using google voice, but that is yet another app you have to install.

Not very intuitive

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I've used Google Chat on a few occasions and I find it's ok but it sometimes forgets the chat history, and it can even forget to notify me when someone sends a message. It's not the worst solution out there, but I can think of more intuitive apps.


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Among my favorite chat clients, it’s really a shame that google is going to discontinue it at the end of 2021.

It was the easiest way to sync messages across all operating systems and mobile devices.


free calling

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lets me make free calls in Canada and USA. Voice quality was more than i expected and also lets make conference calls.


yeah.. i like it

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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


great app

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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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Simply works - on desktop in browser and on mobile phone. No chat however.