Very helpful easy to use
This app is the gold standard for communication within the Google ecosystem and beyond. It works on all platforms and provides a cohesive communication system for text (IM & SMS), voice and video. Why anyone would use anything else on Android is a mystery (I'm looking at you Allo and Duo users). why Google has deemed Hangouts suitable only for business use is beyond me.
Cross-platform, cross-format and cross-media app. You can make phone and video calls on the mobile and PC. Hangout chats only on the PC but once you merge your cell number with Google Voice you can SMS on it too. Kind of hope Hangouts ends up absorbing Duo and Allo to merge it's versatility with Duo's video quality and Allo's functionality. Do it!
I wish Google's messaging ideas weren't so fragmented. I thought the idea of HO was awesome when it was announced before launch. Now it seems like another product that is inevitably going to be abandoned at some point. It's a shame. I keep hoping there is going to be some kind of glimpse of hope for Hangouts long term survival.
Hangouts is very important to me as a Google Voice user. But I had to revise my review to say that the new 'Jump to latest' button is unnecessary AND it gets in your way. It was never hard to swipe down quickly to get back to the latest message! And now that stupid button blocks the texts I'm trying to read!! Dumb idea! Please get rid of it!
• Support for chat in video calls
• Improved navigation in conversations, including jumping to the last read message
• Bug fixes and performance improvements