Google has updated its 'Hangouts' app for Android bringing it to version 4.0. According to Google, the updated Hangouts app has a new look, an improvement in speed, bug fixes and newly added features.
While Google didn't go in-depth on their blog post in regards to the new features, they did post a couple of bullet points for Hangouts 4.0. The app has been updated with Google's 'Material Design' that was introduced last year with Android 5.0. As a result, the app will function more fluidly due to the improved and intuitive design.
Communicating with people will be made easier thanks to the addition of the newly added 'compose' button. Lastly, Google has improved the speed of Hangouts by ironing out bug fixes and made the app more efficient, decreasing battery consumption. Below is a list from the Google blog post.
- 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.
Google Hangouts 4.0 is now available for Android in the Google Play Store.