- Say more with photos and emoji.
- See when people are together in Hangouts, when they’re typing, or whether they’ve seen your message.
- Turn any conversation into a video call with up to 10 friends.
- Message friends anytime, even if they're not connected right now.
- Use Hangouts on computers, Android and Apple devices.
More Hangouts awesomeness:
- Hangouts stay in sync across devices so you can start or continue them anywhere.
- Choose from hundreds of emoji to help you make your point
- See what you talked about in the past, including shared photos and your video call history.
- Get notifications just once. Once you see an alert, you won’t see repeats on your computer or other Android devices.
- View collections of photos shared from each of your Hangouts.
- Snooze notifications at times when you’d prefer to be undisturbed by alerts.
- Unlike Google Talk, Hangouts does not support "invisible" status.
- Customize ringtones for each of your Hangouts
- Block SMS messages from specific phone numbers
- Restore contacts that you have previously hidden
- Layout support for right-to-left languages
Apps similar to Google Hangout for Android 5
Facebook Messenger, the official Facebook app, allows you to instantly reach friends on their smart phones, feature phones or desktop computers. Also available here for iOS, and Windows Phone.
Skype is free and simple software that will enable you to make free calls anywhere in the world in minutes.
Franz is a free messaging app that combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz currently supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Hangouts, GroupMe, Skype, and more.