Google Hangouts Improves Contact Design
Google this week updated its Hangouts app for Android devices and made a few performance tweaks along the way. Going forward, Google says it should be easier to find the right contacts quickly thanks to a reshuffled contacts user interface. The "frequent" and "your contacts" lists are gone in favor of "on hangouts" and "not on hangouts." This way, it's easy to sort between those you regularly contact via Google's messaging service and those you don't (or can't). The small update also promises to fix some bugs. Google Hangouts is free to download from the Google Play Store.
Hangouts for Android Adds Video Messages, Improves Invites
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.
Google Hangouts for iOS Updated with Material Design
Google has refreshed its Hangouts app for the iOS platform and given the messaging service a new look and feel. The app now makes use of Google's Material Design and gains a new quick compose button for starting conversations.
Google Tweaks Hangouts to Help Find Latest Messages
Google has updated Hangouts on the web and on mobile devices with a new user interface for finding the newest messages. Moving forward, Hangouts users will see a "Jump to Last Read" button that will take them to the last unread message in their chat.
Google Hits Refresh Button on Hangouts for Android
Google today pushed out a significant update to its Hangouts messaging application for Android devices that puts it inline with the iOS app. Google overhauled Hangouts' visual appearance with material design, and improved how the app feels thanks to more fluid transitions, and better touch response.