Google+ for Android Adds Hangout Initiation
Google has updated the Google+ application for its Android platform. The latest version adds one significant new feature — the ability to initiate Hangouts from the phone itself (previously, the app only allowed users to join existing Hangouts). Google said that the revised application will become available in the Android Market over the next few days. Google is also adding a number of new features to the web-based version of Google+, including broader availability of Hangouts On Air, which will automatically save broadcasts to users' YouTube accounts. Google also made it easier to join hangouts from the desktop, as well as added new photo editing tools to reflect the holiday season.
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 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.
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 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 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.