Yakyak, a free alternative to Google Hangouts


Although not usually Google's favorite app, Google Hangouts is still widely used. A communication application that many users use not only to communicate but to create videos and video conferences. This application, like many others of Google, does not have a native application for Gnu / LinuxTherefore, to make use of it, we either use the web application or use other alternatives that contain various telecommunications services.

An interesting alternative has recently appeared that offers us the ability to run Google Hangouts without needing Google Chrome or other ancillary services, just Google Hangouts. This application is called YakYak.

Yakyak is a native application for Gnu / Linux that uses web technologies for its operation, but we have to say that it is not an official Google application. It has a simple interface to handle the Hangout and we can play with the colors to identify the calls and users. Thus, we can send and receive messages, start video conferences, share files, manage talks, see writing indicator, etc ...

For the moment, Yakyak is not found in any official repository of any distribution, but we can install it manually thanks to a Github repository that exists. Another option, if we use snap packages, is to write in the terminal:

sudo snap install yakyak

The manual way is longer but not difficult. First we have to go to the Github repository and download the necessary package. Once we have downloaded the package, we have to unzip the file. We will see a series of folders and files that make up the entire Yakyak program. After this, we have to execute the file «yakyak»That we can either do it by double clicking or by opening a terminal in the folder and typing« yakyak ».

At the moment they are the only ways to install the program, but it will be a matter of time before there is a repository for its installation.

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  1.   Daniel said

    I did not know it, unfortunately you almost always have to pull non-native applications, but what are you going to do? Greetings.

  2.   Miguel said

    I don't see much sense in using a free interface for closed software.

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  4.   Stefan said

    Can't make calls