A person new to an Android smartphone or a tablet may think that it misses a dedicated video chat app like Apple facetime. Lot of users still don’t know, that they do not necessarily need a specific app like Skype for that (although it has its own advantages), because Google provides its own application called Hangouts.
Hangouts is not only a simple video chat application which acts like the facetime alternative, but it’s a seamless conversation builder starting from text to sharing images, links ideas, group chat then to video chat or a group conference (see video below).
Even being a free service its so good it kicks ass of almost major video conferencing tools. This is the most simple application both iOS and Android users can use to video chat with each other or a group of friends.
If you don’t have the Hangouts app yet, get it form the device you are going to use it from. It is supported on all devices even iOS devices like iPhone and the iPad along with Android for tablets and phones.
Once installed follow the steps below to use Hangouts on your device…
Few images that show the usage.
A good this is that if you want to check other apps on your phone, the video get paused automatically, like if you go back to the android home screen but the audio will keep going so that you can continue with voice chat. This way you can talk and do stuff momentarily at the same time.
Hangouts also lets you just make an audio only call. This is cool since, if you are already on a wi-fi network you don’t need to spend on your network carrier’s call charges.
Note: In case you are attending a Hangout from your PC or Mac, you need a fully functioning microphone and a web-cam. For a more advanced guide about starting a hangout and more details go to the official hangouts guide or watch a video tutorial here.
You can also use Skype for Android and iOS in case if many of your friends use it.