One of the Apple-centric announcement that came out of the ongoing Google I/O event today is about the new Hangouts app for iOS. For Android users, Hangouts replaces Google Talk, and aims to unify all of Google’s communication services. But for iOS users, it’s simply another messaging app that can very well replace Facetime or even Messages.
The iOS Hangouts app brings one-on-one and group conversations to life through photos, emoji, and video calls for free. It connects you with your friends across computers, phone and tablets, and that’s the key takeaway there; the app works as a messaging service across platforms. This could propel the app’s way into stardom.
Additionally, the Hangouts app lets you send messages to friends even if they’re not connected at that time. The app also allows you to turn any conversation into a video call with up to 10 friends.
Other features of Hangouts for iOS include:
- View and continue your Hangouts across devices.
- Get notifications just once. After you see an alert, it’ll be removed on other devices.
- Snooze your notifications if you’d prefer to respond later.
- See what you talked about in the past, including shared photos and your video call history.
- Keep a record of any Hangout for just a short period of time by turning history off.
- View collections of photos shared from each of your Hangouts.
- Choose from over 850 emoji to express what’s on your mind.
Hangouts is available now as a free download from the iTunes App Store, in case you’re interested to try it out. And do let us know how you find it so far via the comment below.