56points

Google Hangouts

72points

WhatsApp

Google Hangouts
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Google Hangouts vs WhatsApp

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WhatsApp
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

Why is Google Hangouts better than WhatsApp?

  • You do not need a SIM card to log in
  • Send free SMS
  • You can switch off notifications
  • Has group video chat
  • Has a media gallery
  • Has the option to delete message history
  • Has SMS inbox integration

Why is WhatsApp better than Google Hangouts?

  • Has end-to-end-encryption
  • You can send documents
  • Shows when a user was last active
  • 0.7 Higher rating on Google Play
    4.4vs3.7
  • Has “message seen” notification
  • You can stay invisible
  • Send audio voice clips
  • You can send a contact stamp

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General info

1.Free application
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

You can download the app for free, from platforms such as Google Play or the App Store.

2.Available on PC
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

These services are ideal if you want to use the app while sat down at your computer, as well as on-the-go.

3.Ad-free
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

Adverts can be distracting and obtrusive. Apps and blogs without ads are more aesthetically pleasing, nicer to use, and make the content stand out.

4.Can be personalised
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

You can personalize the appearance of the app - for example, choosing a different theme or colors.

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5.Is compatible with Android
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

It is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.

6.Tablet-optimised
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WhatsApp

There is a tablet-optimised version of the app available. This gives a much better user experience than using an app designed for a phone on a tablet.

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Users

1.Higher rating on the App Store

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The app has a higher rating on Apple’s App Store (rating from all versions), showing the overall quality of the app and user satisfaction. The lowest score is 1, with 5 being the highest.

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2.Higher rating on Google Play

3.7

4.4

The app has a higher rating on Google Play, showing the overall quality of the app and user satisfaction. The lowest score is 1, with 5 being the highest.

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Contacts

1.It uses “two-way opt-in”
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

This means that you have to add or accept contacts before being able to message. It prevents strangers sending you unwanted messages.

2.You can send a contact stamp
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

You can quickly and conveniently forward a person’s contact details on. This is a lot easier than finding their number and typing it into a message.

3.Has existing contacts integration
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WhatsApp

This means you can easily access and communicate with contacts from your existing phonebook.

4.Contact any app user
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

You can browse and contact any of your fellow app users.

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Messaging features

1.Shows that someone is typing
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

You can see when someone is typing a reply, which can prevent confusion.

2.Has “message seen” notification
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

You can see when someone has opened your message, so you know whether or not it has been read yet.

3.Send free SMS
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

You can send text messages to any number for free, not just other people using the same app.

4.You can send your location
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

Send a stamp to someone showing your current location. This saves a lot of messing around with directions.

5.Send audio voice clips
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

You can send a pre-recorded voice message.

6.You can switch off notifications
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

You can set specific notifications to snooze mode if you don’t want to be disturbed during a specific time frame.

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Content sharing

1.You can send documents
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

You can send documents using the app.

2.Syncs to the cloud
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

Your data is synced to the cloud, making it easier to access across different devices and making sure it is always backed up in case you lose your device.

3.Has search option
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

If you need to find something specific, you can search your data for certain keywords.

4.You can send videos
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

You can send videos with the app.

5.Has image preview
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

You can see a small thumbnail of an image before opening it.

6.Has a media gallery
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

A media library contains all uploaded files, making search easier and helping you organize the content.

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Security

1.You do not need a SIM card to log in
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

The app is not connected to your phone number, so you can use it on devices such as tablets without needing a SIM card.

2.Has end-to-end-encryption
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

End-to-end encryption protects data between two communicating parties and ensures that only the intended receiver can access the unencrypted information.

3.Has Facebook sign-in option
Google Hangouts
WhatsApp

Signing in with your Facebook account can be faster and easier if you don’t want to spend time filling in a registration page.

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