Hangouts 4.0 has finally arrived at Google Play Store! Nearly 2 months behind iOS, Google today released the messaging app update. Check out what's new in the new version of Hangouts and if Material Design has really changed the Google messaging app's user interface.
According to the Google post, the new Hangouts is simpler, faster and more beautiful. The floating button makes it easy to create new conversations or groups, and it's easier to share emojis, gifs, location, and even multiple photos at once. Appearance has also changed, now Hangouts follows the lines of Material Design and promises more fluffy transitions.
The app is even prettier and simpler, it seems to fit in with other Google apps. However, the promise of faster is not fulfilled: Hangouts is as slow as it has always been, even slower. Opening conversations, sending images, locating, typing, everything seems to take a moment longer than it should, and it doesn't have the fluidity of WhatsApp, for example.
Integration with Google Voice has been expanded to receive and respond to group MMS messages; Hangouts can be used directly from your Android Wear smartwatch using the OK command, Google; Hangouts Dialer now has Outbound Caller ID, which serves to send caller ID so that your contacts do not receive "unknown" calls. Also new around status messages, with up to 140 characters.
The update comes slowly through the Google Play Store, for those who do not want to wait just download APKMirror APK. However, it is worth remembering that in this case you are about to download to an unofficial channel and take action at your own risk. Hangouts 4.0 takes up about 60MB of space and requires Android 4; 0; 4 Ice Cream Sandwich (API 15) to run.
After much waiting, the changes finally arrived at Hangouts. Are they enough for the app to compete with WhatsApp and other messaging apps, or does Google still have a lot of work to do?
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