It's update Wednesday, and Google is making good use of this one. Earlier today the company showed off the new version of Gmail with a card-based UI in the conversation list, and now it's Hangouts' turn to get a nice little feature bump.
The Hangouts update – which brings the app up to version 1.2 for those who like to keep count – brings about some mighty useful (and oft-requested) features:
- You can finally see who is on Hangouts! When you start a new Hangout, green icons show who's on, and gray shows who's not.
- Contacts are now organized by People you Hangout with, Suggested People, and Other Contacts.
- Long press contacts in the New Hangout screen to hide them.
- Invites are now above your conversations so they're easier to find.
- Pinch-to-zoom photos!
Of course, this is a staged rollout, so you may have to wait a bit to get it ... or for us to get a hold of the apk. Wink, wink.
via +Randall Sarafa