Google Hangouts alternatives

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.
Google Hangouts alternatives are:
Skype, Viber, GoToMeeting, WebEx, Slack

Here are the latest news about Google Hangouts:

01.11.17 Google Hangouts Meet provides new $1,999 hardware kit

Hangouts Meet, Google’s service for running video and audio meetings, is getting a few new hardware kit that includes a touchscreen controller, speaker microphone, 4K camera and an ASUS Chromebox to control it all. For a while now, Google has sold numerous meeting kits based around the Acer and ASUS Chromeboxes at prices that range from $999 to $1,999. That was before the Hangouts Meet and Chat schism, though (which is still confusing), and this new kit is specifically geared toward Hangouts Meet and G Suite Enterprise edition customers. It’s also the first set to feature this new touchscreen controller (though that, too, isn’t the first touchscreen specifically geared toward Hangouts meetings). That touchscreen, Google tells me, is a 10-inch MIMO Vue capacitive display with HDMI capture. These screens typically retail for about $499 outside of this kit. Thus Google Hangouts gets more enterprise-ready than alternatives

2017 Google splits Hangouts into Chat and Meet

Google is making massive changes to Hangouts to make it more business-friendly. The service will be splitted into two separate apps: Hangouts Meet, a videoconferencing app, and Hangouts Chat, a Slack-like messaging app designed for teams.  Meet is a revamped version of Hangouts' video calling features, with a few new additions designed for businesses. Like the old Hangouts, it supports video calls of up to 30 people and participants can join via their desktop or the mobile app. While anyone with a Gmail account can use Meet, Hangouts Chat is just for Google's enterprise users. Essentially a full-on Slack competitor, the service allows teams within organizations to chat and supports a variety of third-party integrations, including bots and other productivity apps. Google also created its own bot for the app, which will schedule meetings on your behalf.

2016 Google acquired work chat Pie

Google has gobbled up Pie, a Slack-like team communications service based in Singapore. Pie’s basic premise is was very much like Slack — and a host of other, better funded rivals in Asia like Eko and ChatWork — and it tried to differentiate itself by focusing on a very basic experience targeted at non-technical companies. The deal, which is an acqui-hire, has been made to boost a new Google team that will focus on developing products for Southeast Asia in the same way that Google has done in India over the past year.

2015 Google Hangouts now allows to make videocalls to those who don't have Google account

Google now allows you to invite “guests” into a Hangouts meeting, even if they don’t have (or don’t want) a Google account. This will make it easier for you to do all your communications, at least on the video conference aspect, through this particular medium. The process has also been made simple and painless (or so we hope). All it would take is for you to invite the guests, and for them to accept through a few taps or so. They will be labeled as “external guests” and Google users will be able to invite them to a Hangouts through Google Calendar. They need to click the external link in the event description, then input their name, preferably not a silly nickname as this is supposed to be a professional conference. After doing those two simple steps, they will now be able to be part of the meeting and chat with you and your other colleagues for the duration of the virtual meeting.

2015 Chat for work Pie gets $1.2M

Enterprise messaging service Pie has raised a $1.2 million Series A round as it prepares to monetize its service. Pie is a messaging service for teams with apps across iOS, Android, Mac and the web, and integrations with Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and others. It’s much like a simplified version of Slack. With no paid promotion, the app is being used by over 2,000 companies, from obvious verticals like marketing, advertising and publishing, to less likely customers including flower shops, manufacturing plants, universities, and even churches. With new funding in the bag, the company is preparing to introduce a paid version of this app, which will include admin controls and cost $3.14159 per user per month.

2014 Google Hangouts is available as a standalone Chrome app for Windows and Chromebooks

2014 Google Hangouts adds voice calls to mobile app

2014 Hangouts unlinked from Google+, becomes a part of Google Apps For Business

2014 Google Hangouts will no longer require a plugin for Chrome

2014 Pie - group collaboration chat with less noise

2014 Google wants to embed its video chat in every business app

2014 Google created Hangouts video chat plug-in for Outlook

2014 Google Hangouts now can connect to Polycom, Cisco and other videoconferencing systems

2014 Google unveiled video conferencing system for meeting rooms

2013 Voice calling is back in Google Hangouts

2013 Google unites GTalk and Hangouts

2012 Google replaces GMail Video chat with Google Hangouts

2012 Google+ Hangouts comes to iPad and iPhone

2011 Google adds phone conferencing to Hangouts

2011 Google+ launched pages for companies and brands

2011 Google Hangouts turned into full-featured web-conferencing tool

2011 Google Hangouts adds real-time code-collaboration

2011 GMail VoIP is available almost globally

2011 Web video chat: Google Hangouts vs Facebook Skype

2011 Google adds video chat to Android. Skype already enables video calls between Android and iPhone

2010 Google improves video chat quality

2010 GMail = Unified Communications client

2010 Google may outgo Skype by means of mobile video

2009 Google acquired Gizmo5