Google Hangouts vs HipChat


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Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts is a live video chat app. It allows to share your screen, collaboratively draw on a whiteboard, edit Google Docs documents, create broadcasts for the unlimited number of viewers. Splitted into group chat app and videoconferencing app. Secure Google Hangouts alternatives are Signal and Telegram.
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HipChat
Group chat and video chat built for teams. Share ideas, code, and files with your team in real time. Rooms are perfect for individual projects, teams, or entire departments. You can also hop into a 1-to-1 chat with a coworker anytime. Connect your team and build genuine consensus with face-to-face video chat and real-time screen sharing. The next best thing to right next to you. HipChat free open-source (self-hosted) alternatives are: Mattermost, Rocket.Chat, Zulip
Comparing Google Hangouts vs HipChat is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Google Hangouts has better video than HipChat



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like HipChat has more user-friendly interface than Google Hangouts because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Google Hangouts is more popular than HipChat

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Google splits Hangouts into Chat and Meet (in 2017)
- Amazon Alexa comes to workspace via HipChat (in 2016)
- HipChat adds group video chat (in 2016)
- Google acquired work chat Pie (in 2016)
- Google Hangouts now allows to make videocalls to those who don't have Google account (in 2015)
- Chat for work Pie gets $1.2M (in 2015)
- Atlassian acquired team chat Hall (in 2015)
- Atlassian acquires Jitsi video chat maker to power HipChat (in 2015)
- Atlassian launched HipChat server (in 2015)
- Google Hangouts is available as a standalone Chrome app for Windows and Chromebooks (in 2014)

Looks like HipChat was recently more active than Google Hangouts (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Google Hangouts and HipChat meet head to head:

2016 - Amazon Alexa comes to workspace via HipChat - a new advantage over Google Hangouts


Atlassian's HipChat gets integration with Alexa, the Amazon's AI-based personal assistant that lives in Echo smart speaker. The integration enables Alexa to initiate conversations proactively rather than simply respond to queries, as well as alert users when certain thresholds have been met or if irregularities arise. Users will be able to connect Alexa to their HipChat room and teach it commands to perform work tasks, such as checking a website’s status and deploying a previous version in case it’s down. HipChat is also upping its video options with enhancements that double the simultaneous number of users from 10 to 20.

2015 - Chat for work Pie gets $1.2M to defeate HipChat


Enterprise messaging service Pie has raised a $1.2 million Series A round as it prepares to monetize its service. Pie is a messaging service for teams with apps across iOS, Android, Mac and the web, and integrations with Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and others. It’s much like a simplified version of Slack. With no paid promotion, the app is being used by over 2,000 companies, from obvious verticals like marketing, advertising and publishing, to less likely customers including flower shops, manufacturing plants, universities, and even churches. With new funding in the bag, the company is preparing to introduce a paid version of this app, which will include admin controls and cost $3.14159 per user per month.