Hello Friends ! Welcome to WikiRote. Today we will talk with you about a very popular app by world wide which is developed by google and the name of that app is Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts is a communication platform developed by Google which includes instant messaging, SMS, video chat and VOIP features. It replaces three messaging products that Google had implemented concurrently within its services, including Google+ Messenger (formerly: Huddle), Google Talk and Hangouts, a video chat system present within Google+. Google has also stated that Hangouts is designed to be the future of its telephony product, integrated and Google Voice some of the capabilities of Google Voice into Hangouts.
You know the popularity of this app. So, let’s go and know about the Features of this cool app. The features are giving below.
Hangouts allows conversations between two or more users. The service can be accessed online through the Google+ websites or Gmail or through mobile apps available for Android and iOS (which were distributed as a successor to their existing Google Talk apps). However, because it uses a proprietary protocol instead of the XMPP open standard protocol used by Google Talk, most third-party applications which had access to Google Talk do not have access to Google+ Hangouts.
Use Hangouts to keep in touch. Message contacts, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group. Click the below download icon to get it from google play store.
- Say more with status messages, photos, videos, maps, emoji, stickers, and animated GIFs.
- Include all your contacts with group chats for up to 150 people.
- Call any phone number in the world (and all calls to other Hangouts users are free!).
- Turn any conversation into a free group video call with up to 10 contacts.
- Connect your Google Voice account for phone calling, SMS texting, and voicemail integration.
- Message contacts anytime, even if they’re offline.
- Keep in touch with contacts across Android, iOS, and the web, and sync chats across all your devices.
As with the previous Google+ Hangouts, users can also perform a group video chat with up to 10 users at a time. In 2016 Google upgraded Hangouts to 25 concurrent users in HD video for Work/Education. The new Google Hangouts app on iOS integrates a Google Voice number to some extent, but on Android the SMS support in Hangouts doesn’t fully integrate with Google Voice for texts or calls. Integration was first expected by 2014, but was deprecated in January 2016. The reason for the delay appears tied to Google switching away from the XMPP protocol it used, as mentioned above.
Chat histories are saved online, allowing them to be synced between devices. A “watermark” of a user’s avatar is used as a marker to indicate how far they have read into the conversation. Users can also now use color emoji symbols in their messages. Photos can be shared during conversations, which are automatically uploaded into a private Google+ album.
For Internet Explorer 11, the user must install the Google Talk Plugin to be able to use the video features. But for Google Chrome, users do not need to install a plugin.
As of version 2.3 (September 12, 2014), Hangouts includes the ability to make free voice calls to other Hangouts users, and charges users (via pre-registered credit) to call landline and mobile phones internationally but for calls to the United States and Canada which are free of charge. In Android 4.4, Hangouts is integrated with text messages sending and receiving functions, which is the default SMS app on the Nexus 5. For other Android phones, users can choose to open the SMS function when they download the new version of Hangouts via Google Play. The update also adds GIF support and a new location-sharing button, which allows the user to send their GPS location to their contacts. SMS conversations are shown in a drawer on the left side. Currently, Android users must have both the Google Hangouts and Hangouts Dialer apps installed if they wish to call landline or mobile telephone numbers via the public switched telephone network.
Google Hangouts Easter eggs :
Google Hangouts includes several Easter eggs to surprise users. Most of the Easter eggs will appear on all users of the hangout with the exception of ponystream and the Konami Code.
Typing /roll would display your icon showing that you’ve rolled a number. You can roll anything from a 1 to 6, just like a regular die.
Typing woot would let a yellow animated emoji-like face crawl up the screen and laugh in your face or a fox with a birdie on his head waving two flags. This also corresponds to typing “woohoo”, “woo hoo”, “yay!!” (at least 2 exclamation marks), and “hooray!” (at least 1 exclamation mark). Typing “rawr xddddd” also has the same effect.
Typing happy new year would let out a fox and goose dancing and a few fireworks.
Typing happy birthday would let a cake be rolled out by a fox and a birdie on top of the cake. This also corresponds to typing happy bday or happy b-day .
Typing /shydino would let a dinosaur hiding behind a house appear on the screen. To make the dinosaur and the house disappear, simply type in /shydino again.
Typing “hahahaha” would let the yellow emoji-like face crawl up or a fox and a goose laughing at each other. This also corresponds to typing “ha ha ha ha”, “hehehehe”, “he he he he”, ” ” or using five “ha”s or “he”s. Also works by typing “lolol” (3 “l”s to 6 “l”s), “rotfl”, “kkkk”, and also “lmao”.
Applying the Konami Code (i.e. up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Enter) would change the background of the hangout screen into a beautiful view of nature. One can only do the code once. To do it again, one must close the hangout window and reopen it.
Typing /ponies would let an animated pony (similar to the ones from My Little Pony) prance across the screen. There are a total of 21 different ponies. Typing /ponystream would unleash infinite ponies all running in different directions on your screen (only left and right). To stop the ponystream, type in /ponystream again.
Typing /pitchforks would let out a whole mob of little people carrying pitchforks and torches. There are more than 16 different little people. Some mobs are short while some are long.
Typing /bikeshed would change the colour of the background of the hangout screen. The colour varies for all users so typing Look! Pink! wouldn’t be advised.