The recent release of Google’s new messaging app has gathered a lot of eyes and now Hangout is out and ready to take over rivals. In our case we will see how Hangout compares with WhatsApp, currently the most used and popular messaging app on Android. While the two apps are completely different, they are both basically in the same field. Now it remains to see if Google’s video chatting option is enough to beat WhatsApp or the outstanding simplicity of the later one remains unbeatable? Let’s see.
First time with the app.
WhatsApp is so popular mainly because of its incredibly useful and easy to use log in system that uses only your phone number to identify you as a user. When you first install the app you have to confirm your phone number and that’s it. You’re entire agenda is synced and the ones that have the app installed on their phone will appear on your contacts list.
Meanwhile, Google completely integrated their Hangout app with Google Plus and other Google accounts. Therefore you will need to have a Google Plus account in order to use the app. That’s a drawback because it forces you to go through unnecessary steps (for some). You can also use your phone number. In your contact list you will see all the people in your agenda and also from your G+ circles, and that makes it a little to crowded.
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Starting up a conversation (or a hangout)
With WhatsApp it’s pretty straight forward. If its the first time using the app, you open it and you’ll be prompted with the full list of friends that have WhatsApp. Just click on a contact and start chatting. After your first conversation you will have a recently contacted friends window that will make it easier for you to contact the people you usually chat with. To delete or Email a conversation just hold on the conversation icon and press delete.
The main window shows you the recent hangouts. To start a conversation in Hangout you can either click on the sign in the right upper corner of the main window or you can just slide to the right. You will there see a list with your frequently contacted friends, and beneath that the entire list of contacts. As you will see your entire agenda (unlike WhatsApp that only shows contacts that have the app installed) it’s going to be pretty hard to find a contact that you haven’t contacted yet, though you could use the search bar to quickly find someone. To archive a conversation you can drag it to the side, just like in the Gmail app.
One of the biggest disadvantages of Google Hangout is the lacking possibility to send media files other than pictures. With WhatsApp however you can also share videos, contact information, location and audio files. That’s also a big plus.
Both apps have the ability to show which contact is online and which not. WhatsApp tells you if a contact is online or when was he last time he used the app. On Hangout however you know if a contact is only if his picture in the list is not faded, faded meaning he is offline. So it’s more difficult to see this information.
Group conversations and Emojis
You can have group conversations on both apps, that’s a really cool feature. However on G Hangout you cannot ban a contact from a conversation, you can only ‘report’ him. On WhatsApp, if you are the one that started the conversation you can easily remove someone from the group.
The Emojis are also very similar, even though Google’s app has far more options to choose from with hundreds of little smileys and funny animals.
Google’s Hangout main advantage over WhatsApp is the ability to have video chats and even group video chats with up to 10 people. That’s one thing that WhatsApp hasn’t considered integrating yet, though I think the company’s intention is to completely replace SMS’s in the near future.
Overall, the newly released Google Hangout is a very nice app with not much to argue about. The group video chatting option really makes it to stand out and the overall design is also very nice. However WhatsApp rules at simplicity and easiness to use. Personally i will still continue to use it as my number one chatting app, though I will definitely consider the video chatting once in a while.
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