Messaging, photos, emoji, and group video calls.
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Aside from Chrome's echo issue that happens often, Google Hangouts is great - it just works, even with low bandwidth.
Quality is ok. Lots of dropped connections. Good for team based communication. Don't recommend for customer interactions.
Works well with the chromebox for meetings. The online service is pretty bad, but works.
When it works, it works well. When it doesn't, it's usually a technical issue and you often embarrassingly must switch browsers or mess with your microphone settings.
Pretty flexible and easy to use, but requires Google account. Lag time on video is pretty minimal generally,
Never works the first time. But most people have GMail accounts of some sort so it's available.
Often times sound doesn't work. Video quality flaky. Intend to try another service.
We bought the official Chromebox Hangouts machine that Google sells through Dell and other manufacturers. Very easy one touch internal video conferencing. Also like that the URLs stay the same for a certain channel.
Has anyone tried the "Chromebox for Meetings"? Does the actual service differ from the free service, or is it just packaged differently? https://www.google.com/work/chrome/devices/for-meetings/
Kind of a default option. I wish there were something better but I've tried so many video conferencing / screen-sharing solutions and they all have the same problems: (1) Half the time, someone has trouble signing in and you spent the first 10–15 minutes just getting the tech to work; (2) when you do connect there's often audio/video quality problems. I use a regular phone for voice whenever possible.
I used Google Hangouts multiple times a day due to the distributed nature of our company (10+ offices globally). The connection could be spotty, but generally the service was intuitive, easy-to-use and had great integrations with the rest of G Suite (e.g., easy integration of a Google Hangout link for any meetings scheduled in Google Calendar).
Versatile; integrates well with Google stack.
It works about 50% of the time. I don't know that Google is to blame, but we've cumulatively wasted hours and hours getting Hangouts set up. We always seem to have issues where someone's mic doesn't work, someone can't hear the rest of us, restart the browser...
Connectivity is not always great, but for the most part easy to use.
Bundled with G Suite
Works well for the most part. Sometimes seems to have a glitch, but in general a pretty good tool. We use it with larger groups and most of the time it is good. For free you really can not go wrong.
We use this for team checking and customer meetings. Screenshare is a fantastic option and it's always free.
Eats way too much CPU.
Terrible if you have more than one Google Apps account..
Sometimes buggy but it does the trick for now.
Hit or miss on whether people will be able to connect (weird Google Apps permissions), occasional audio issues
Its sound/video quality sometime is not good enough.
Handles group calls well. Still could be simpler to initiate a call.
Pretty dependable, integrates with Google Calendar, free
We dont have to ask for some additional contact info like Skype -- just use their email.
Sometimes is awesome. Sometimes cuts out.
Does the job, but not great experience
Works ok but nothing exciting. Wish something integrated with Slack (Speak.io does on that note)
It's not AMAZING but it's definitely the best thing out there.
Works well with all the rest of Google Apps stack
Great product. Especially since it's free. We sometimes experience dropped calls
Good enough for small teams
Seems like the least worst thing for impromptu hangouts
Hard to start the hangout.
Occasionally sound doesn't work - you have to restart a few times
1-1 is great, anything more is risky.
Inconsistent and doesn't work for larger groups.
It appears to be unprofessional because it is free. It can be glitchy.
Generally works well, when it doesn't you have no idea why and nothing you can do.
Google Hangouts is somehow the quiet killer in the space. Super useful videochat product, just wish they had native mobile apps.