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Google is known for their robust search engine, but in recent years, Google has expanded its user experience to include Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, and Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts replaced Google Talk, Google+ Messenger, and other tools. Google Hangouts, used in tandem with Google's other technologies, lets businesses transform their back end business processes and integrate some of these tools into an online conferencing situation. Perhaps the biggest benefit of Google Hangouts is that it's free and included with a standard Google account.  

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The Good

  • Features
  • Interface
  • Cost
The service is accessed through Gmail, Google+, and through a Google mobile app. Chat histories can be saved online, letting the user sync them between their devices. There are a lot of features in the Google Hangout paradigm that also make it a perfect business tool. While a proprietary platform may be better for large businesses, easily integrated into Google Cloud, Google Hangouts makes it perfect for the small business to have a teleconference, share files, and save videos for later reference. Google Hangouts was originally developed as a social tool. However, many companies are starting to purchase Google Cloud and Google accounts for each individual user, letting them utilize the infrastructure that powers your basic Google Drive, Google+, and Gmail account. Here are the things that we think may make Google Hangouts a great fit for small businesses:
  • The overall Google interface, streamlining the user experience.
  • The sleek live editing options found in Google Drive, and the ability to share documents within Google Hangouts.
  • The affordable prices for users that want vast storage as part of their Google Account experience.
  • The ability to use Gmail as the nexus for Google Voice and Google Hangouts.
With Google, the overall interface can easily be used to streamline your business and conferencing needs. With your Google account, you have access to Gmail, the Google+ social media tool, Google Hangouts, and Google Drive. All of these tools can be used in the Hangout experience, letting you conference with up to 15 people if you have purchased a user account for members in your business. With Google's robust user experience, you can plan your meetings on Google Calendar, invite people to a meeting, and provide them with a link to get into the conference. This makes it easy to collaborate over great distances in real time. Some of the conferencing platforms out there lack or have limited sharing and editing capabilities when it comes to editing documents. Google Drive makes it easy to share documents over Hangouts. If you'd like, you can log into your account and see where the other user is making edits in the document. With Google Drive open, a person can be taking notes while other members participate in the conversation. What does Google Hangouts offer over other platforms? The biggest benefit is the cost. For an entire year, you can pay only $50 and give a user access to all the tools in Google. Hangouts is merely an extension of Google and it offers your business a way of communicating across Google's apps and tools. For larger business enterprises, we recommend using Google Hangouts within the larger Google Cloud paradigm. This way, your company can enjoy using Hangouts while enjoying the fast cloud solutions offered by Google. We also thought that the HD solutions offered by Google Hangouts were perfect. Google lets users access HD video streaming if their network and Internet connection can handle it. There is up to 720 p available for users who can enjoy the best HD experience.
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The Bad

  • Concerns
  • Recording
  • Integrations
We had some concerns about using Google with users that were not part of an organization. This created some concerns for us for businesses that might be working with independent contractors. Shared documents and recorded conferences might be a security risk if shared with users outside of a company. You are not able to record your web conferences using Google Hangouts however there are recording softwares you can download which enable you to record. If you end up using Hangouts on Air for your web conferencing needs (limits the number of participants but not the number of viewers) then your video will automatically be recorded and saved to your YouTube channel. There are a few concerns we have about using Google Hangouts as a proprietary-level conferencing system:
  • Is the Google Hangouts experience private across all platforms?
  • Google Hangouts only lets 15 people conference in real time on the business end.
  • Lack of specialized leadership tools that are found in other proprietary conferencing solutions.
  • Some other conferencing products had easily integrable APIs with other platforms, such as ZenDesk and Facebook.
Also, Google Hangouts only lets up to 15 people participate actively in a conference. More people can view a Hangout and participate if it is being streamed. We found that with other companies, other conferencing tools let up to 30 or more people participate. If Google only lets 15 people participate in a Hangout, it might be more beneficial to do a good old-fashioned conference call. We weren't impressed with the overall leadership tools found with Google Hangouts. Right now, admins can make basic use changes to Google Hangouts for users within an organization, but the robust control for leaders found within other platforms is lacking in Hangouts. We're not sure how easily Google Hangouts integrates with other platforms, such as Zen Desk and Facebook. We found that TeamView lets users build some Facebook chat capabilities, but this feature is lacking with Google Hangouts.
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The Bottom Line

Overall, we felt like Google Hangouts was probably a better fit for small businesses that wanted a robust platform within the larger robustness of the Google account paradigm. Google Hangouts offers some really neat features, but limits the number of participants in a conference. Other companies have developed powerful infrastructure solutions for companies that combine live chat, video conferencing, document editing, file sharing, and other cloud solutions. Proprietary-level enterprises might want to consider investing in Google Cloud, integrating the Google Hangout paradigm into a customized solution that is part of their overall business infrastructure.
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Conrad Ma American Fork, UT

Google hangouts is great and easy to use! It is great when you’re trying to Jaír hangout and meet with friends or family, especially in the COVID socially distanced climate that we have today.

2 months ago

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Paige Ellis Slade Gilbert, AZ

This is the main way that I get to video chat with my parents. I don’t live close to them and we have different phone formats… iOS versus android. Google hangouts helps me stay close to my family and I am super grateful for that!

3 months ago

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Nicole Johnson Portland, OR

Excellent way to talk as a larger group. Most people have a gmail account that they can go through. Family chats are easy to set up and invite people to, as well as join from the invitations others send. The messaging interface is clear as well.

3 months ago

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Cindy H Gilbert, AZ

We had to use Goggle hangouts to talk to my daughter when she was in Ecuador over Christmas while she was serving a mission. It was a pretty good connection and i was so thrilled to be able to see her and hear her voice. Very grateful to Google for this service.

3 months ago

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Taylor Hall Los Angeles, CA

For video conferencing, Google hangouts is not my first choice. However, it is a great alternative. It is a lot easier to use than zoom for those older users with a Google account. I do appreciate it accessibility and user-friendly design.

3 months ago

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Karli American Fork, UT

I used Google Hangouts at my previous job and loved it. It makes collaboration with coworkers easy and I love how flawlessly it interfaces with Google Mail and Google Calendar to make a seemless experience for the user.

3 months ago

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Whitney Wilkins West Valley City, UT

Google hangouts makes it so easy to start and join a conference from anywhere. It is very accessible to everyone and is such great quality.

2 months ago

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Steve Ashby Portland, OR

We've been using Hangouts for many years. When my son was away we would hold family calls. They haven't seemed to keep up with the other conferencing services and just aren't even an option I consider lately; I always use Teams/Skype or Zoom, and sometimes WebEx at work. For personal use it is Zoom.

3 months ago

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Jacob Curtis Guyton, GA

I've used hangouts to connect with my friends and family across the US. Nice function to go from chat to video, but I don't always get notifications when I'm getting called

3 months ago

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Paige Dahle Providence, UT

Google Hangouts is really easy to figure out and it's a really nice way to be able to connect with friends. It's really convenient too. I would totally recommend this to a friend. I've never had problems with it.

5 months ago

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Amy Barrus Sandy, UT

My son has lived out of state and in Mexico for the past year and a half. We have been happy with both the video and chat features on Google Hangouts. Feedback only happens when multiple devices are in a room. Most of the time we have had few problems with glitches. When the speech or video gets that digital pixilation feeling we do a quick hard reset by hanging up and restarting the call. We have also added extended family members to our conversations from various places. Aside from occasional glitches Hangouts is a great tool!

6 months ago

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Tara Bindrup Smithfield, UT

I used Google Hangouts to communicate with my son who was on a mission in Africa. You can communicate through both video or text. You can also have more than just one other person on the video call or text feed. I also like how you can take a picture right in the app and send or choose one from your photos.

6 months ago

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Mackenize Jorgensen Los Angeles, CA

I used Google Hangout over the pandemic to be able to talk to my coaches and teammates. It was super easy to get on. Its so great that there was a chat on the side so you could ask questions and talk to others without disturbing the main speaker or what else was going on.

6 months ago

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Natalie Drewery ,

Due to Covid-19 my friends and I were trying to find creative ways to stay in touch. Since the gyms were closed we started a Google Hangout workout group and it has been so needed and so fun. Love being able to share screens depending upon who is presenting the workout for that day.

8 months ago

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Rose Nuffer Orem, UT

Google Hangouts is great because anyone with a Google account can easily communicate with other users. There's no limits or paywalls.

3 months ago

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Thomas Nuffer Orem, UT

It is good because it syncs up with your Google account, and you can talk to your friends very easily. And also it has unlimited time for each call.

3 months ago

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Alexa Cooper Salt Lake City, UT

Google hangouts has been okay in my experience! It’s been boxy in its services sometimes while I was talking to my missionary sister. Other than those specific instances though, it would work great!

3 months ago

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Valerie Beus Richland, WA

I don’t use google hangouts very often, but when my family has, it worked well for us. Very user friendly and accessible.

3 months ago

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Jen Burt Herriman, UT

I use Google Hangouts for all of my work meetings and have had very good experiences with it. It's easy to navigate and share my computer screen when needed.

3 months ago

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Jennifer Ashby Lehi, UT

Google Hangouts is a great way to communicate as long as everyone has a google account. It has worked for me and my loved ones!

3 months ago

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Brooklyn Bishop Los Angeles, CA

With COVID-19 going on and everything shutting down, google hangouts has been very useful to me. I have had many meetings using this app and it’s super easy to navigate. The only trouble was that it occasionally glitch.

6 months ago

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Vikti Mehta Frisco, TX

I used Google Hangouts for a virtual event and had no problem joining and interacting with everyone involved (video and audio included). Great platform to use with your Google account!

5 months ago

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Ryan Harpenau Fayetteville, AR

I used google hangouts to meet with someone to review my personal statement for medical school. The experience was easy, but I definitely prefer other video calling platforms like Zoom because I thought the quality on Zoom was a lot better.

6 months ago

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Rylaan Marlowe Roy, UT

Great, but limited to those with google accounts. A little buggy sometimes, but overall not too bad.

2 months ago

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Kyle Johnson Portland, OR

I have used google hangouts for multiple family hangouts. It has worked great each time and is so easy to use.

3 months ago

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Mike Salt Lake City, UT

Google Hangouts is easy to use and highly functional. It seems to accommodate large groups fairly easy (70-80)

3 months ago

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Brian Salt Lake City, UT

Great product that brings anyone, no matter what phone platform (Android, Apple) or computer platform (Windows, Apple), together to be able to talk via video.

6 months ago

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Mallory Evans Park City, UT

I have used Google Hangouts throughout the years to keep in touch with distant friends. It is easy to use and navigate through and I recommend using it to anyone who wants an app to communicate to others through.

6 months ago

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Lottielyn Schwenke Orlando, FL

I use google hangouts twice a week for work meetings and it's pretty convenient. Though it doesn't have backgrounds or anything fancy, it gets the job done with communicating to my team remotely.

7 months ago

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Cassidy Gundersen Orem, UT

My husband and I used Google Hangouts to chat while we both worked on Capitol Hill in different offices. I think that was back when it was called G-chat before they merged it into Hangouts. The only downside was that we both have iphones and used imessage when we weren’t at work. So we had to download the ios app to continue our conversations.

3 years ago

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Aleena Hafiz ,

Google hangouts is very easy to use and I love the layout! The quality of video and sound is excellent and never lags.

3 months ago

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Mason Allen Provo, UT

A video chat tool that is simple and effective. Very easy to use if you link your Google account.

3 months ago

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Tommy McCarlie Chicago, IL

The interface is bad and the quality often fails when multiple people are on a call. The chat is the only redeeming quality if you have nostalgia for your AOL days.

3 months ago

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Bergen Billings Smithfield, UT

This is a good way to stay safe and connected with family so easy to use, even grandma could use it.

6 months ago

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Kent Logan, UT

My company uses the Google Suite for many of our office needs. Hangouts has been great to facilitate communications when in-person meeting have become less practical.

6 months ago

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Ashlee Bair Los Angeles, CA

Love how secure and easy google hangout works. We have used this quite often with the recent pandemic. School teachers lifesaver for sure!!

6 months ago

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Rachel Logan, UT

It certainly does it’s job. It is nice that it is accessible with just the app. It’s pretty easy to use and the chat box is handy. However, I’ve always struggled with poor video quality.

6 months ago

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Cassandra Collett South Jordan, UT

I love using hangouts to talk to friends on my computer. It’s really easy to use. You can host meets on it and it’s very cool.

8 months ago

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Abby Stubbs Brigham City, UT

I use hangouts regularly and even though it isn’t always the most smooth experience, it gets the job done. It helps connect with others over long distances.

8 months ago

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Kenneth Okerlund Orem, UT

Very good product for basic use as well as for how easy it is to use. The user interface is user friendly and it takes nearly no time to figure out how to use the features it provides.

3 years ago

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Rylan Bateman Los Angeles, CA

Google Hangouts feels like the glitchy, older sibling of Zoom. It works, but also glitches out more times than not.

3 months ago

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Colby Victoria, TX

I like Google Hangouts because it let me keep in touch with a friend that had moved away although it was a little confusing to use at first

5 months ago

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Wmosmith12 Smithfield, UT

Google hangouts have been an amazing resource for my children especially through the pandemic. It is something that is reliable and easy to use!

6 months ago

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Teagan Jarvis Los Angeles, CA

Not as interactive as zoom but does the trick and is very integrated into google calendar which is nice.

7 months ago

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JP Herriman, UT

Took a minute to figure out, but once we did, it was great to use, easy to navigate through and get done what we needed to.

8 months ago

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Lisa Schofield Salt Lake City, UT

I have had work meetings with google hang out. It is convenient but smokiness hard to connect

3 months ago

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jaci finch Corpus Christi, TX

I have used this for work and school before. It isn't as easy to use as zoom and so I prefer zoom.

5 months ago

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Dre35 West Valley City, UT

This is a fun casual video chat with those who have google. The videos are clear, and the reception seems crisp.

8 months ago

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Lindsey American Fork, UT

Google Hangouts are great! It's pretty much the same as Skype though - just depends on which one you prefer.

3 years ago

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Rachel Butler Provo, UT

Not impressed. Features were limited and just wasn’t very useful. Useful in a pinch

3 months ago

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