DID YOU KNOW?
Google Hangouts was supposed to be named “Babel”. On May 15, 2013, during the Google conference, they officially launched the service as Hangouts. Google claimed that Hangouts is the future of Google Voice. Before the birth of Hangouts, Google already has similar messaging services and platforms. These include Google Talk which was announced to be discontinued since February 16, 2015. In 2017, Google divided Hangouts into two products called Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. They differ according to the focused service. Hangouts Meet is for video conferences while Hangouts Chat is for instant messaging. One of its features is it allows chat histories to be saved online to allow them to be synced on devices. Hangouts can be accessed online through Gmail, Google+ websites, and mobile applications. According to Statista, Google Hangouts ranks 10th in the most popular mobile social networking apps in the United States as of February 2018. Google Hangouts have an estimated 15.62 million mobile users. Other communication platforms also landed on the list like Skype with 8.72 million users, GroupMe with 10.15 million users, LINE with 3.15 million users and Facebook messenger with a high number of users at 103.55 million users. Google Hangouts is now commonly used for business, educational and social purposes.