In this era, video calling has become a necessity for most of the population. Whether you are looking for a reunion with your family or planning a getaway trip with your long-lost friends, or if you have to discuss some business emergency with your colleagues, a video calling service makes all of it easier.
The problem that most people might face is, choosing the most suitable video calling app for your convenience, among all the options available on the net. So, we have tried to ease the process for you by comparing two very popular video calling apps of present times: Hangouts and FaceTime for windows.
Google Hangouts is a popular and convenient video calling and texting application by Google which can be used both on Android phones as well as on the PC or laptop. It is also supported on iOS and Mac platforms. The application is integrated into the Google ecosystem; hence it allows you to make video calls from the interface of Gmail. Google Hangouts is best suited when you are using the Google suits platform. This medium is mostly used by offices to promote conversation among teammates.
Starting a video call on Hangouts is extremely easy:
- Open the Hangouts app. (You can also find Hangouts in your Gmail)
- Search for the person you want to call, on the Hangouts list. You can also type in their email ID.
- Once you have found the person you were looking for, select their contact.
- Click on Video Call
It is that simple. You can even make a video call with up to 25 participants from any corner of the world in it. Here is how –
- Open Hangouts
- Click on New Conversation
- Select New Group
- Enter the names and select the participants from the Hangouts contact list. You can even find them with their email IDs.
- A group will be created with the desired participants.
- Click on the Video Call button.
Once you are done with the call, tapping once on the red End Call button, will end it.
Hangouts allow you to make video calls directly from emails or calendar notifications.
You can integrate with third-party video calling software like WebEx and GoToMeeting using the Pexip plugin.
Hangouts come with the beneficial feature of screen sharing helps conduct business meetings and academic classes. It also allows users to broadcast online presentations to other users.
One of the most outstanding features of Google Hangouts is the benefit of recording your meetings. If the other people in the call are saying important things that you need to note down, you can now simply record the meetings. These recorded meetings will be saved in your Google Drive – the most-used cloud storage platform.
You can also Livestream meetings or broadcasts by sharing links with many many members. Google Hangouts is not only a video calling service, but you can also chat with people with the help of this.
FaceTime was developed by Apple Inc. exclusively for its users. It operates on iOS 4 and later models and Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher platforms. It is available in various languages starting from English, Arabic, Danish, French, to Italian, Russian, Spanish, and many more.
Despite its popularity, FaceTime has limited availability. It has an image quality that is superior to all other video calling services. It supports high definition video calls up to 720p on Intel-based Macs. To start using facetime, you have to enter your Apple ID, after which things turn simple.
The FaceTime application comes with an elegant interface. The picture in picture view enables one to see exactly what the other person in the conversation can see of you. Both the front and rear cameras can be used in the call. It also allows for a swift transition between landscape and portrait views.
To make a FaceTime video call:
- Turn on your FaceTime App.
- Enter the email address or the phone number of the person you want to call, in the field at the top of the FaceTime window. If the other person’s contact is saved on your device, you can just type in the name of the person.
- To start the FaceTime call, click on the Video button (for video calling) or the Audio button (for audio calling or even a phone call).
If you want to make a group video call, you must keep repeating the second point, till you have added all your desired contacts. FaceTime allows you to make a group video call with up to 32 participants.
Which of the two should you choose?
A major disadvantage of FaceTime is it’s unavailability on any platform other than Apple’s iOS or Mac, unlike Hangouts. You can use Hangouts on all devices, be it Android, iOS, or Windows. Though you have a choice between the two if you are an Apple user, most Apple users prefer the company’s FaceTime over all other apps. But if you use Android, Google Hangouts might be a good option to consider. FaceTime becomes a more recommendable option between the two, for mainly two reasons:
- FaceTime allows 32 participants in a group video call, unlike Hangouts, which allows only 25 people.
- Hangouts tend to lag a bit despite stable network connections.
On the other hand, Hangouts offers an internal text-chatting service, but FaceTime can only be used for video calling. We suggest you choose FaceTime over Hangouts if you are looking to hold online formal business meetings. But if you are an Android user who just wants to reconnect visually and virtually with a few friends of yours, Google Hangouts is a good option.