So that’s 425 million active monthly users that have easy access to the Google Hangout service.
Google has seamlessly integrated its applications into each other, making the transition from using a Gmail account to starting a Google Hangout simple and almost automatic.
A premium version, at a cost to users, adds international voice calling and video conferencing with up to 10 users.
Facetime, when used in tandem with the i Chat service, allows users to instant message, video chat with up to four people (nine when listening to audio only), share files and adds screen sharing to the mix.
The service also includes various fun and somewhat silly features, including the ability to draw on friends faces on screen and add different props like a pirate hat or mustaches.
Google’s user interface and integration of all its service is so simple and intuitive, everyone from a tech-savvy teenager to a not-so-tech-savvy grandparent could easily use and understand the platform.
Additionally, the web version of the service received an update with new features like emojis, image sharing and the ability to instant message friends even when they’re aren’t online.
tested the service by video-chatting with four people, spread out between Spain, the Netherlands, Florida and Boston.
Users can contribute to the conversation by posting on the event’s Google page or Twitter using a predetermined hashtag.
Customer and fan interaction isn’t the only enterprise use for the Google Hangout service.
The service worked as advertised with no lag in video or audio, which could be tied to the quality of the hardware being used as much as Google’s service, but it’s still a major pro.
Screen-sharing and watching videos together worked seamlessly and file-sharing and engaging in GChat on the side also worked well and intuitively.