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Google Hangouts Alternatives 2019 – 7 Best Messaging Apps

How many of you are looking for alternatives to Google Hangouts? Google’s messaging services seem to be cursed, first there was Google talks, anyone remember that one? How about Allo? All of Google’s offerings in the messaging arena have never really clicked with the public compared to say WhatsApp or Messenger. Now according to recent reports Hangouts will meet its proverbial maker soon enough. Where do apps go when they die anyway? Google has ceased all development related to Hangouts, a sure sign that the apps days are numbered.

Google Hangouts Alternatives

Hangouts wasn’t the epic failure as its predecessors were. It has found its niche in the office community. It is paired with Gmail and is often used by those who use Gmail for work-related messages. So for those of you who are worried about how you will send your messages after Hangouts dies, we have prepared a list of possible alternatives.

ezTalks Meetings

This is a viable alternative to google Hangouts.It is an able video conferencing tool accessible to Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android users. The app comes in free and paid versions depending on which aspects of the app you want to use. The fact that it comes with  video conferencing services gives it a strong competitive edge. You can video conference up to  100 people for free, and up to 500 participants for the premium version. Also to commence a video call all you have to do is send an invitation for a video call to the person on the other end. No need to install the app then register for an account. In an era of having to register for every service, there is, this is a welcome change. The invite can be sent as a link via email. The video and audio quality are top notch with resolutions up to 1920 x 1080p HD. Also with ezTalks you can application and desktop share, brainstorm ideas with the inbuilt interactive whiteboard tool, group chat, private chat, locking & unlocking of the meeting room, schedule meetings and much more. As far as alternatives go this one knocks it out of the park.

FaceTime

Among Google Hangouts alternatives Facetime has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. A bug in its app let others snoop in on conversations. Its recent blunders aside, this is a pretty cool app that comes as a default tool in iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. It is free and offers both video and voice call with family and friends who have Apple gadgets across the board. The main disadvantage of this Hangouts alternative is that it can only be found on Apple devices. Secondly, it also cannot call landline numbers. It also lacks video group calling capabilities, a service most communication tools have these days.

Messenger

Another strong contender for the Google Hangouts Alternatives prize. Just like Facetime comes with Apple devices, Messengers bundles with apps associated with Facebook. Facebook users need to install this app as an alternative to the previous messaging service that was available within the platform. Like other products in its orbit, it offers text, voice, SMS, and video calling services.

Messenger is free and it comes with end to end encryption. This means that all messages sent through the app are private. This Hangouts substitute once installed on your smartphone,  automatically detects the contacts in your smartphone. For those of you eage to prevent Facebook from any further snooping can deny it access to your contacts.Recently Zuckerberg announced that all of Facebooks messaging offerings will be merged together. This means that through messenger you can now send a message to a whats app account. This apps prospects unlike Hangouts keep on improving.

 Telegram Messenger

When it comes to a list of Google Hangouts alternatives, this one definetly makes the cut.This app has been slowly making headway into the minds of the populace and is on its way to becoming part of the mainstream. It is a cloud-based instant messaging service with end to end encryption and voice over IP service. Telegrams security is top of the line. All its offerings have strong encryptions and which needs to decrypt first if obtained by unsavory actors.

WhatsApp

Ah, Whats App. The very definition of mainstream. So easy is its interface that even a noob will have no problems using it. Not that any of our readers are noobs of course. A great Google Hangouts alternative, it can be used to exchange messages, videos, audio messages, voice calls, video calls, images, and even files. And it comes with end to end encryption. Need I say more.

Signal

Another excellent addition to Google Hangout Alternatives.Google products for all their hype do not offer end-to-end encryption, meaning that your messages cannot be intercepted or read by anyone aside from the intended recipient. Signal is also open source, giving it extra points for transparency. Anyone can inspect its code. Among Google Hangouts alternatives no one can question its place.

Slack

While naming Google Hangout Alternatives Slacks’s name is definitely worth mentioning. It Offers many IRC(Internet Relay Chat) like features such as chat rooms (channels) organized by topic, private groups and direct messaging. All content inside Slack is capable of being searched, including files, conversations, and people. On the free plan, only the 10,000 most recent messages can be viewed and searched.

So among all the Hangouts alternatives mentioned above, Messenger and Whats App take the cake. With their potential merger hovering in the horizon, these apps are the most obvious among Google Hangout Alternatives

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Saraswati Sikdel

I am a writer at earnigo.com, specializing in social articles, a die-hard music lover and an avid reader. Articles based on lifestyle and conspiracies interests me most while I keep a close watch on tech content.

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