5 Reasons Google Hangouts Are Cooler Than Skype For Video Chats

Tina Sieber 06-06-2012

hangout vs skypeHangouts is Google’s take on chat rooms. Like many times before, Google has turned a good idea into something incredibly useful, while preserving simplicity and ease of use and thus making it fantastic.


In a previous article, I explained How To Use Google+ Hangouts To Meet With Friends How To Use Google+ Hangouts To Meet With Friends Google Hangouts is a key feature of Google+. If you are not using Hangouts already, you are missing out! Maybe you haven't yet joined Google+. Well, if you do have a Google account, then joining... Read More . In this article I will focus on what it is that makes Hangouts so great and definitely cooler than Skype.

1. Free Video Chat With Up To 10 Participants

On Hangouts, you can invite up to 9 friends into a video chat with you and it’s free. Skype on the other hand allows free one-on-one video chats. If you want to invite a third person, you have to upgrade to Skype Premium or make do with audio only.

2. A More Intuitive Interface

Yes, I said it. Google Hangouts has a more intuitive interface than Skype! Once you are in a Hangout that is. While figuring out how to join a Hangout can be a challenge, once you’ve managed to join, things are straightforward and simple without omitting fun features and great details.

Let’s look at sharing your screen as an example, an option available both in Skype and Google Hangouts. In Skype, you must be in a video call to be able to share your screen. Sounds obvious, right? Well, in Hangouts you can create a chat room to prepare and test the screen before anyone else joins. That’s an advantage in my book.

To share your screen in Hangouts, you click the Screenshare button, which opens a window showing all windows you can share. You select what you want to share and click Share selected window button. Now try to do this in Skype. While technically, Skype can do the same things with only subtle differences, the key is that Google managed to design a straightforward and intuitive process.


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The same case can be made for inviting people to the conversation or other options.

3. Integrated Apps

Hangouts offers a selection of optional apps, for example YouTube, Google Docs, and SlideShare. These apps enable you to collaborate on a Google Document, use Cacoo to co-create diagrams with your team, watch a YouTube video with your best friends away from home, and play games, all while chatting and video chatting at the same time.

In comparison, Skype, with the only added bonus that you can send a file, suddenly seems very one dimensional.


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4. Hangouts On Air

When you set up your Hangout, you can select the option Hangouts On Air. Subsequently, your Hangout will be broadcast live on your Google+ stream and on your YouTube channel. Apart from being streamed live, the Hangout also gets automatically saved to your YouTube account. Unfortunately, you cannot broadcast and save your Hangouts privately.

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5. Minimal Setup & Maintenance Requirements

All you need for Google Hangouts is a browser (tip: you are probably using one right now), a browser add-on that installs automatically, and a Google account registered with Google Plus. Skype on the other hand is a separate download that provides no additional services and requires regular updates, in addition to an account that you can’t use for much else.


With your Google account you can use a wide selection of Google services. Moreover, you can use it as a social network login option on other websites, for example to join and comment on MakeUseOf.


Google Hangouts offers a lot more features than Skype. In all honesty, though, it lacks the accessibility and stand-by nature that make Skype so convenient for quick and spontaneous interactions. What Google could do to allow for a seamless transfer from a text or audio-based chat to a proper Hangout, is to tie together Google Hangouts and Google Talk (the standalone client).

This may require Google Hangouts to become available independent of a Google Plus registration or maybe Google Talk (the chat client) would need to integrate better with Google Plus.

Have you tried Google Hangouts, yet? Why not or what was your impression?


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  1. Anonymous
    June 16, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Yeah, Google Hangouts and Skype has gotten a lot of buzz, but I've been a big fan of R-HUB's service b/c it's easy to use (like Google), but it's also much more secure.

  2. Raj
    November 20, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Love Google Hangouts ....

    • rose
      August 15, 2016 at 12:08 pm


  3. Neex
    November 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I also prefer Hangout but Skype is a lot faster :/.
    Yesterday, I tried hangout and skype during several hours with the same person and there is no doubt.

  4. Rene
    October 14, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Not good good for teaching by internet if you want the information to remain secure. There is no way to keep the video chats private. This alone will keep many business people away from it. I like my anonymity which is not possible with Google.

  5. troy turk
    October 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I tried Google Hangouts and I really enjoyed it. I use it for a voice chat while playing online games. Only complaint is that I had to create a Google+ account. I understand why I had to do this, but I still do not like it. If I find something better than Google Hangout, I will be deleting my Google+ account.

  6. Os caminhantes
    September 27, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Hello Tina,
    I'm looking for a solution how to save the chat after the Hang Out. I've search even at Google Help, but I can't find the answer. Do you know if it's possible?
    Thanks a lot.

  7. comp0site
    July 31, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Microsoft has ruined Skype.

  8. Truefire_
    June 13, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I wish it had a desktop app though! The interface is a bit confusing for those not familiar with it.

  9. PJ Wessels
    June 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I didn't like hangouts at first because of no screenshare. Now with it available, I'll probably use that more.

  10. amupolo
    June 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

    please someone help i want to use eskype

    • Tina Sieber
      June 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      What is eSkype? Where do you want to use it and what happens if you try?

  11. Jay Maniyar
    June 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Yes, Google's Hangout remains my best way of communicating with friends based in the West.

  12. David Commini
    June 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I haven't used Hangouts yet, but I do use the Google Talk plugin for Chrome for video chatting as opposed to Skype. Skype just runs too slow, and I can make free phone calls via Google Voice so there is no need to pay for that service on Skype.

    • Tina
      June 8, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Yeah, Google Talk video chatting is good, too. Hm, now that you mention it, I never bothered to check whether it supports more than two parties in a video chat...

  13. Dave
    June 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I agree on all counts.

  14. asd
    June 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I do not use Hangout, because it requires a G+ account. Been there, done that, and ditched it shortly after.

    • Tina
      June 8, 2012 at 8:12 am

      What was the problem with having a G+ account for you?

      • art
        June 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm

        Yeah, i'm curious what the problem with GH was too. I'm in the process of learning how to use Skype Groups for things such as hobby club live chat, etc....but I was highly intrigued when i stumbled upon this article about G+Hangouts. I'm more curious about it now as a result.

  15. Andre Hutson
    June 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Love it.

  16. Shehan Nirmal
    June 7, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I love Googling...!!!

  17. Daniel Escasa
    June 7, 2012 at 5:18 am

    While I do prefer Google Hangouts to Skype, I detest plug-ins. In fact, a plug-in isn't available for Chrome on my laptop (running KahelOS, an Arch Linux derivative).