As with other video conferencing services, Google Hangouts also has a chat feature. However, chat messages are not private and all are shared with everyone in your hangout. Also, you can choose whether your chats are saved by Google or not. If you don’t want your chats recorded, then you can choose the ‘off the record’ feature. This means that all the chats held on Google Hangouts aren’t stored on yours or your contacts’ Gmail histories.
Google Hangouts is a great tool that provides an amazing user experience. The lack of downloads, the ease of use and the practical interface all make it a very attractive choice when wanting to video chat and share the web with any one of your group of contacts.