Google Hangouts wants to replace Skype for making voice-over-internet (VoIP) calls over desktop, tablet or mobile. But is it really any good? (Review: 2 out of 5 stars)
In the age of closed ecosystems, it is perhaps surprising to see the one supposedly “open” vendor – Google – quietly trying to lock you into its own services.
That is certainly the case with Google Hangouts, a videoconferencing feature which launched alongside the Google + social network back in the early stages of 2012. The iPad app (free, iTunes), however, only launched in May.