Hangouts 4.0 Finally Hits Android

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Android users have been quite perturbed, to say the least, when it’s come to Hangouts. Most users have a love/hate relationship when it comes to the chat/SMS app. While the app has slowly become an all-in-one with a combination of chat and SMS, users have complained that it’s a sluggish, lag-filled nightmare while others haven’t had any issues. Some users have taken issue with the fact that Hangouts doesn’t really fit well with Google’s own Material Design standards.

However, all those issues should be a thing of the past as Google has finally announced Hangouts 4.0 for Android. Something that has been in the works for a while, the new update offers a new more Material Design look to the app. Not only that, but the Hangouts team has made improvements to make the app faster and simpler to use. Here’s what you’ll be getting with Hangouts 4.0:

  • Hangouts is sleeker. Now updated with material design, Hangouts has a new look and feel: items respond to your touch in more intuitive ways and transitions between tasks are more fluid.
  • Hangouts is simpler. The new Compose button makes it easier for you to start a new group or conversation. Our streamlined contacts list helps you find the right person quickly. And attachments have been revamped and simplified, so sharing—of emoji, GIFs, your location, even multiple photos at once—is a snap.
  • Hangouts is faster. Whether you’re sending a quick message or video chatting with family, you don’t want hold-ups. We’ve been obsessively fixing bugs and speeding up message delivery to make Hangouts faster and more reliable. Bonus: less battery consumption.

While iOS users have seen a number of these updates and bug fixes already, Android users will start getting the update later today. Not only that, but Hangouts dialer will allow users to make more affordable calls. It now has Outbound Caller ID so those you call won’t see “Unknown” anymore. You can also receive and reply to group MMS messages in Hangouts, and use Hangouts on Android Wear. Users can also set custom messages to let friends know you’re busy.

While it’s been a bit of a wait, it should be well worth it. The app should start rolling out today in Google’s staged-rollout fashion. Let us know in the comment section below or on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter if it’s hit your device yet or if you’re still waiting.

  Source: Google
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