The mobile messaging apps Google Hangouts and WhatsApp Messenger typically receive similar ratings. Editors on CNET.com gave Google Hangouts a rating of 3.5 out of five stars in 2013 and the WhatsApp Messenger four stars in 2014.
Both apps received performance scores of nine out of 10 from CNET editors, although the editors preferred the interface, features and support of WhatsApp Messenger. Editors on PCMag.com gave Google Hangouts a rating of four out of five in 2014 and both the Android and iOS versions of the WhatsApp Messenger a rating of 3.5 in 2015. One of the biggest differences between the two apps is that Google Hangouts allows video chatting while WhatsApp Messenger does not, as of September 2015.