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The Gchat App to Rule Them All
By: Greg Dorn
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In the last few years, Google has released an assembly line of standalone iOS applications, each highlighting one of the tech giant’s many services. We have the Google Search app for, well, search (and more recently, Google Now). There’s the Gmail app, designated to access one of the most popular email platforms on the net. Google Drive stores documents in the cloud, Google Earth takes us around the world, Google+ keeps friends connected, Google Maps gets you from A to B, and so on. What’s more? Many of these apps are far more refined on iOS than on Android. Therefore, I’ve found it absolutely baffling that up to this point, Google has yet to release an official, standalone iOS app for Gchat. That is, until now.
Google I/O has come and gone, leaving us with a good idea of what to expect in the near future. Some revelations have yet to hit users. Others stand up and running. One such gem has gained some attention, but not nearly as much as it deserves. Ladies and gentlemen, iPhone users around the world — your Gchat problems are over. May I present to you Google Hangouts, the new standalone, one-stop-shop messaging app by Google. Take it from me; it’s a thing of beauty.
As an iPhone user, finding a decent, third-party app to handle my mobile Gchatting needs proved quite the feat. Most of the iOS faithful can relate. Unlike Android phones, where Gchat is logically a more seamless experience, iOS developers have tried to dish out a plethora of unofficial Gchat clients. While some have helped tide us over, most have failed miserably. The list is painfully endless: Beejive, Vtok, eBuddy, etc. Each seems to have their own flaw. If one holds the ability to deliver reliable push notifications, it has more bugs than the Amazon rainforest. For those that remain bug-free, the app must be opened to receive messages in a timely manner. Yuck!
Now, finally, Google has answered our prayers (at least those of Apple fanatics). Google Hangouts not only serves as an elegant, easy-to-use app for Hangouts (which I find better than Skype), it performs beautifully with Gchat. Notifications arrive swiftly and promptly, even when the app is closed. Starting a conversation on your iPhone and picking it up from your iPad or Gmail’s web page is a breeze. I’m simply amazed it took this long. Sure, it makes sense that creating a viable Gchat app for iOS does not fall high on Google’s to-do list. But take a look at all the wonderful, aforementioned apps Google created for the iPhone. Why Gchat came so late to the party is beyond me. Oh well. Better late than never.
Have you tried out the new Google Hangouts app for iOS? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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About the Author
Greg Dorn is a blogger, writer, and obsessed with everything technology and social media. Greg is absolutely captivated with the recent advancements in mobile gadgets, making our world more seamlessly connected. You can learn more about him on his own blog here
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