Google Hangouts vs WhatsApp


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Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts is a live video chat app. It allows to share your screen, collaboratively draw on a whiteboard, edit Google Docs documents, create broadcasts for the unlimited number of viewers. Splitted into group chat app and videoconferencing app. Secure Google Hangouts alternatives are Signal and Telegram.
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WhatsApp
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. Secure WhatsApp alternatives are Signal and Telegram.
Comparing Google Hangouts vs WhatsApp is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that WhatsApp has better video than Google Hangouts



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like WhatsApp has more user-friendly interface than Google Hangouts because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Google Hangouts is more popular than WhatsApp

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Google Hangouts Meet provides new $1,999 hardware kit (in 2017)
- WhatsApp launches business-accounts (in 2017)
- Google splits Hangouts into Chat and Meet (in 2017)
- WhatsApp enabled two-factor authentication for everyone (in 2017)
- WhatsApp launches video calls (in 2016)
- WhatsApp launched desktop version for Mac and Windows (in 2016)
- WhatsApp now supports full end-to-end encryption (in 2016)
- Google acquired work chat Pie (in 2016)
- WhatsApp will go free and add features for business (in 2016)
- Google Hangouts now allows to make videocalls to those who don't have Google account (in 2015)

Looks like WhatsApp was recently more active than Google Hangouts (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Google Hangouts and WhatsApp meet head to head:

2016 - WhatsApp now supports full end-to-end encryption. Google Hangouts is in panic


Facebook owned messenger WhatsApp has now fully implemented strong end-to-end encryption on its platform and across all mobile platforms for which it offers apps. End-to-end encryption means the content of communications are not stored in plaintext on WhatsApp’s servers. Nor is the company able to decrypt users’ messages to access them since it does not hold the encryption keys. So WhatsApp will be unable to be compelled to hand over messaging data — even if served with a warrant by authorities demanding access. WhatsApp partnered with Open Whisper Systems and has integrated its widely respected end-to-end encryption Signal Protocol. Although the completion of default end-to-end encryption is a hugely important security milestone for the WhatsApp platform, it does not mean that from here on in every communication sent via the app is end-to-end encrypted, because that’s reliant on all users being upgraded to the latest version of the software.