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Hangouts app review: injecting life into your conversations



Price: Free

Hangouts by Google, Inc. is a social-networking app that helps you bring your conversations to life.

Just because you can’t get together with your friends and family to speak to them in person each time you want to chat doesn’t meant the conversation can’t still feel lively. This app allows you to have group and one-on-one conversations through video calls, using Emojis, and photos. When you're having a group conversation you can make it lively by sending these Emojis and photos and you can message your friends even when they're not connected.

The video calls are perhaps the app's finest feature letting you speak to up to 10 friends for free. The app works on your tablet, phone, and computer which gives you plenty of versatility and lets you talk to anyone pretty much anytime.

Additional features of the app include receiving notifications just once so you won't keep being bothered after the first time, view and then continue you Hangout sessions across all of the devices, when notifications come in you can snooze them to deal with them later, and view collections of the photos that have been shared. Check out your video call and shared photo history, and browse through the more than 850 Emojis you can use.

Hangouts was released on May 15, 2013 and currently has 682 customer ratings with an average rating of four out of five stars.

While this app is very smooth and easy to use it still could use a few more features built into it. Other than that, it’s a lot of fun and gives conversations a whole different dynamic.

For: iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular with iOS 6.1 or later. Hangouts is optimized for iPhone 5.






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