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.
Google+ Hangouts is a messaging app that lets you send and receive messages, photos and videos, and even start free video 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 Hangouts and MMS conversations.
● Say more with photos, emoji, and animated GIFs.
● Turn any conversation into a free group video call with up to 10 friends.
● Use Hangouts to connect with friends on computers, Android and Apple devices.
● Easily share Maps locations and People contacts with your friends.
● Message friends anytime, even if they're not connected right now.
● Unlike Google Talk, Hangouts does not support "invisible" status.