Gmail chat and Google Hangouts. How to use them? (Part 2)

In the previous post we started to talk about the Google Hangouts, a tool that allows you to interact with your Google contacts in different ways. Let´s go in detail about this.

What can you do in a conversation on Google Hangouts?

  • Add emoji to your conversation, by clicking the smiley face on the left side of the chat field. They are separated into categories.
  • Share pictures, by clicking the Camera icon on the right side of your chat field. You can select an image of your computer or mobile device, or take one with your camera tool.
  • Adjust your chat settings, by clicking the Gear icon in the chat window. If you are using Hangouts with you mobile device, press the menu button and select your options in the menu.
  • Turn the chat into a video chat, by clicking the video camera button in the top of the chat box. The other person will be notified that you want to start a video chat.

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  • Start a Hangout party.  A Hangout party is a group video chat for up to 10 people. Every member of the Hangout party can communicate with video and text, share documents, photos, and YouTube videos. If you are using a mobile device, then you will have limited access to extra features, such as YouTube videos and Google Docs integration. Once you start the Hangout party, you can invite people to it, and adjust options like restrict the conversation to people up to 18 years old. You will have plenty of options to use on the conversation, you can take photos, share documents, share your screen, add effects to your video, share YouTube videos, even you can collaborate online on documents.

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Gmail chat and Google Hangouts. How to use them? (Part 1)

Gmail allows you, as a user of a Google account, to chat with any other Gmail user. You can do this in many ways, which are going to be explained in the next paragraphs.

Chatting on the Gmail interface

You can chat with the people that is online on Gmail, on the window situated left below of the Gmail interface.

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When you see someone online, you can click on the username so that a chat window will prompt. If the user is offline, the text you write on this window will be sent as an email message.

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You have the option to set you status on this chat, by clicking on the little arrow near your user avatar. You can also set your status as invisible, in this case no one can see that you are online,

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Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is the instant messaging and video chat platform from Google. It is another product of Google, such as Gmail, Drive, or Calendar.  It replaces three messaging products that Google had implemented concurrently within its services, including Talk, Google + Messenger, and Hangouts, a video chat system presented within Google+.670px-Use-Google+-Hangouts-Step-2-Version-4

You can find Hangouts on the right-hand side of the Google+ page. Here you will see a list of your recent Hangouts as well as recently emailed contacts. The chat that is integrated on Gmail is a small version of this product.

To start a new Hangout, click on the +New Hangout button. The list will change to a list of your contacts and Google+ circles. Check the box of those contacts you want to add to the new Hangout. You will be given the option to start either a video or a text Hangout, but you can change this option at any time within the conversation.

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Apps for using Gmail with your Blackberry

If you have a smartphone working with Android, an IPhone or a Blackberry, I´m pretty sure one of the first apps you want to install is one to check your email account on the phone. Having a Blackberry means that you will need to fin certain apps to check your Gmail account from there. They are not many, but I will mention the best you can find.

Logicmail

LogicMail is an application that allows you to receive E-mails on the device through Mail POP or IMAP. It works great with IMAP services, such as Gmail, for its immediate alert message when an email is sent to our inbox. While using it with a POP account like Hotmail, you must wait approximately 5 minutes to check the inbox and see if new messages have arrived, and Hotmail won´t be notified that the email has been read. So if you have a Gmail account, this app is a must have.captura-al-10-05-2012-09-48-06

Email for Google Mail

It is basically the native Gmail application, which was relaunched again recently for Blackberry. It has all the features of Gmail for PC and allows us to see our mail and answer emails, but it seems to be working slowly.gmail-blackberry-app

 

Apps for using Gmail with iOS

The IPhone and IPad users have been among the first to use apps in their daily lives. One could say that because of them the app market has evolved and developed numerous amount of programs to offer a lot of services in our mobile phone. The amount of apps to check our email account with iOS is overwhelming, we will suggest the best ones.

Gmail

It is amazing how well made is the Gmail application for iPhone and iPad. The user interface is much better designed and organized that on PC. It allows you to add up to 5 gmail accounts to change from one to another easily. It also offers automatic notification system that checks the status of your mail every minute. Gmail is a very intuitive application that will permit you to be up-to-date of all your emails at once. Version available in many languages.

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CloudMagic

You can have multiple accounts from Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft and many more servers to synchronize your emails easily. The app has a pretty sleek interface and offers great usability. You can add reminders so that you don´t forget answering an important email if you don´t have time to do it at that moment, and you can enter passwords to prevent anyone to read your emails and many more options … tempting, isn´t it?cloudmagic-app

Boxer

Boxer will allow you to connect with Dropbox, sync with multiple email accounts, create lists, use touch gestures to archive or delete messages … It seems one of the most complete app for email management you can find.

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Apps for using Gmail with Android

The world of Apps is continuously growing. In the Play Store you can find thousands of apps to check your email. Firstly, you can find the native program for Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo….and then another apps that you can use with different emails services. Let´s take a look to the best apps for Android that will allow us to check our Gmail account.

Gmail

This is the native app for your Gmail account, and the one you should have. Some smartphones have this app pre-installed. It is one of the most complete to offer all the advantages of this mail service. You can get instant notifications, read and respond to your online and offline conversations, search and find emails. Apart from all the above you can also manage multiple Gmail email accounts. Available in many languages.Gmail1-168x300

AquaMail

AquaMail has easy automatic settings for most popular email services as Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail. Apart from this, it also supports many email services via standard protocols such as: IMAP, POP3, SMTP. The free version limits us to two accounts, there are no identities, and it adds a promotion signature for all outgoing messages with a link to the program website. So you are promoting this email app with each email you send.

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MallDroid

It allows you to send and receive emails from a fairly clean input tray, associate multiple customer accounts to have all of our email accounts centralized, and we can use lots of text editing options when composing email messages . You can customize the application configuration, include signature, font size, notifications, led color etc. You can also save / download your email attachments directly to your SD card using ES explorer, Astro or any other file browser. English version only, but this is one of the most complete apps I´ve seen.MailDroid-168x300

K-9 Mail

It is one of the more complete email clients that we can find for Android terminals, rivaling some of the most famous and in this way competing also with the native app for gmail.You can synchronize with multiple accounts and mail folders, mark any e-mail with different labels, you can archive the email selectively, create specific signatures or store data on SD cards. It displays warnings and notifications for each of our accounts or separate folders and you can modify it, for example, so that you will only receive notifications of those email accounts or labels you selct. Easy to use, easy to manage and with a great level of performance. Send emails (with or without large attachments) will be a very comfortable job with this client. Available in many languages.K9-200x300