Google's Hangouts App for Android Given New Features
Google today revealed an update to the Hangouts App for Android devices and added a number of new capabilities to its mobile messaging service. Hangouts now makes it easier for people to discover one another thanks to a number searching function. Conversations will display a "last seen" marker to make users' availability more apparent. The app gains new filters for video chats, including sepia, black and white, and vignette. Google added 16 sticker packs to the app, and made it easier to share location data and discover nearby points of interest for potential real-life meet-ups. Google Hangouts is free to download from the Google Play Store.
Instagram Ups Its Sticker Game
Apr 13, 2017
Instagram today rolled out new sticker tools meant to help people be more creative in their posts and stories. First up is the ability to turn your selfie into its own sticker.
Google Revamps Gmail, Drive, Hangouts with Businesses in Mind
Mar 10, 2017
Google this week made significant change to its core productivity suite, including its email, online storage, and messaging tools. Gmail gains support for add-ons from the G Suite Marketplace, which will let third-party companies create small apps that can hook into an enhance Gmail.
Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22
Mar 24, 2017
Google today outlined a number of changes to its various messaging services, including a dramatic shift for Hangouts. Starting May 22, Google Hangouts will no longer support SMS for text messaging between phones.
Skype Adds Filters for Video Messages
Oct 28, 2015
Skype today made video messaging more creative thanks to the addition of filters. iPhone, iPad, and Android users can now apply a range of different filters to their video messages to create fun effects.
Hangouts for Android Adds Video Messages, Improves Invites
Jul 15, 2016
Google updated its Hangouts app for Android devices this week with a handful of new features. First and foremost, the app now allows Android owners to record and share video messages — a feature that's been in the iOS version of Hangouts for two years.