Google Hangouts is an instant messaging and video chat platform integrated with Google+.

YouTube Video - Get Face to Face with Google Hangouts

Hangouts allows users to hold conversations between two or more users and is especially helpful if you're using Google Calendars to manage your schedule. 

The service can be accessed online through the Gmail or Google+ websites, or through mobile apps available for Android and iOS.

All in all, Google has offered us a great and complete messaging app, as it provides:
  • SMS
  • Text
  • Audio
  • Video 
As part of Google for Work, "Google Talk" or "Google Hangouts" each provides the ability for real time communication between end-users, including one-to-one and group conversations via messaging, voice and video. 

Google Talk provides an XMPP programmatic interface for customers that still require legacy connectivity. 

Google Apps Domain Administrators can choose which service is enabled for the domain.

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Video Introduction to Google Hangouts

Google developed it to replace its predecessors, Google Talk and Google Plus Instant Messenger. 

Features of Hangouts 

  1. Make video calls
  2. Send chat messages
  3. Online status
  4. Emoticons and Google Effects
  5. Capture images
  6. Share files
  7. Connect with Google Plus

Smartphone and Hangouts

  1. Make voice calls
  2. Connect instantly
  3. User friendly
  4. Cost friendly
  5. Privacy maintained
  6. Links with business associates


  • Hangout Toolbox
    • Lower Third Banner - branding banner or overlay 
      • Look like a TV news broadcaster
      • Add name, tagline - website URL
    • Volume Control
    • Comment Tracker