Reviewed in Form+Function
Hangouts? What? Well, I decided to quit Textra and try out Hangouts, since it was taking up all that space sitting disabled somewhere in my phone. And I like it. The emoticons are way cuter than the standard ones, the design is clean and so Holo, and it works well for my minimal sms needs. And it doubles as my gchat client for work too.
Hangouts is a communications app that lets you send and receive messages, photos and more, and even start free video and voice calls — one-on-one or with a group! ● Send and receive both Hangouts and text messages (SMS/MMS) and easily switch between message types.
● Include all your friends with group chats for up to 100 people.
● Say more with photos, maps, emoji, and animated GIFs.
● Turn any conversation into a free group video call with up to 10 friends.
● Make phone calls (and all calls to other Hangouts users are free!).
● Connect with friends across Android, iOS, and web, and sync chats across all your devices.
● Message friends anytime, even if they're offline.
Notes: Mobile carrier and ISP charges may apply. Calls to Hangouts users are free, but other calls might come with a charge. View our calling rates at https://www.google.com/hangouts/rates