Google Hangouts vs Join.me


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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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Join.me
Simple and free screen-sharing tool. Presenter needs to install the screen-sharing agent for Win or Mac. Participants access session via browser with flash-player installed. Built-in chat. Presenter can share mouse control.
Comparing Google Hangouts vs Join.me 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.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Join.me 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 Join.me

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

- Google Hangouts Meet provides new $1,999 hardware kit (in 2017)
- Google splits Hangouts into Chat and Meet (in 2017)
- Google acquired work chat Pie (in 2016)
- Google Hangouts now allows to make videocalls to those who don't have Google account (in 2015)
- LogMeIn acquired whiteboard app Zamurai (in 2015)
- Chat for work Pie gets $1.2M (in 2015)
- Google Hangouts is available as a standalone Chrome app for Windows and Chromebooks (in 2014)
- Google Hangouts adds voice calls to mobile app (in 2014)
- Hangouts unlinked from Google+, becomes a part of Google Apps For Business (in 2014)
- Google Hangouts will no longer require a plugin for Chrome (in 2014)

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

2017 - Google Hangouts Meet provides new $1,999 hardware kit to win over Join.me


Hangouts Meet, Google’s service for running video and audio meetings, is getting a few new hardware kit that includes a touchscreen controller, speaker microphone, 4K camera and an ASUS Chromebox to control it all. For a while now, Google has sold numerous meeting kits based around the Acer and ASUS Chromeboxes at prices that range from $999 to $1,999. That was before the Hangouts Meet and Chat schism, though (which is still confusing), and this new kit is specifically geared toward Hangouts Meet and G Suite Enterprise edition customers. It’s also the first set to feature this new touchscreen controller (though that, too, isn’t the first touchscreen specifically geared toward Hangouts meetings). That touchscreen, Google tells me, is a 10-inch MIMO Vue capacitive display with HDMI capture. These screens typically retail for about $499 outside of this kit. Thus Google Hangouts gets more enterprise-ready than Join.me

2014 - Hangouts unlinked from Google+, becomes a part of Google Apps For Business to fight Join.me



Until now, you had to have a Google+ account to use Hangouts if you were a Google Apps user. Starting today, that requirement is gone. Anybody with a Google Apps account will now be able to start or join a meeting from their desktop or their dedicated Chromebox for Meetings device. Hangouts is also now coming to Google Apps for Business. While users on Google’s paid accounts could always use Hangouts (assuming their admins allowed it), this change means that Hangouts is now covered by the same SLAs as the rest of Google’s services like Gmail and Drive.  Lastly, IT administrators can better manage meetings right from the Google Apps Admin Console with options like remotely starting, muting and ending a meeting.