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You didn't think you'd get through an update Wednesday without a new Google app APK, did you? Hangouts is getting a version bump today from 2.1.100 to 2.1.223. Despite the small version number change, there are a few new things of note going on.

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What’s New

  • Unified SMS block list
  • Set custom notification tones for individual contacts
  • Keyboard indicator button to switch between numpad and full keyboard layouts
  • Hidden contacts list
  • Group hangouts now say "Send to group" instead of "Send Hangouts"
  • Contact photos pull up contact card instead of linking to G+

Note, SMS blocking isn't new, but the block list itself is. This makes it easier to see who you've got blocked and unblock them if you patch things up. The custom notification tones for individual contacts is definitely nice to see. It was a long overdue improvement that many third-party apps already have.

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Left: Old, Right: New

The keyboard toggle button can be a little tricky. It's used to jump between a regular layout and the number pad. It's useful, but it might be confusing if you get stuck in the numpad and don't know the button is there. As for the hidden contact list, that's where you can find contacts that you've hidden from your main conversation list. Simply long-press on a Hangout contact (not phone contact) and select "Hide contact." That person won't appear in your list, but instead shows up in the hidden menu if you want to restore them later.

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The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name : com.google.android.talk-2.1.223 (1205183-30).apk.

Version : 2.1.223 (1205183-30) (Android 2.3+).

MD5 : 502a335e7be0069e5ba6570a584cacf5.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • power_pizza

    Hey Ryan, is there any news on expandable and actionable notifications coming to Hangouts?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Not yet, at least in my testing it wasn't there.

      • power_pizza

        Thanks, Artem.

      • Ryan O’Neill

        How about any mentions of it in the code?

  • Sam Del Valle

    Block SMS list is really handy!

  • Mert Çelen

    Hangouts app is awesome,I wish all of my friends stop using stupid whatsapp and use this app :/

    • usamaisawake

      I do too but for it to happen Hangouts would need to be on more platforms (WindowsPhone, Blackberry, etc.) and allow voice/video messaging. I use Hangouts with my US friends but for family/friends in places like UK and India who use a variety of phones (i.e. not iOS or Android) Whatsapp is the only way we can all be on the same service and have equal capabilities that sometimes exceeds Hangouts (except for the multi-device aspect of Hangouts).

      • DonEmu

        Well iMessage is widely used and it isn't on other platforms and Android has way more market share. So it comes down to them improving the hangouts app to the point that people want to use that 1st before anything else.

        • rskyline

          Not everywhere, don't know any person that use iMessage as primary messaging app.

          • DonEmu

            Most of the iPhone users I know default to it. Having blue message box instead of the green is a point they make regularly.

            Then they use Whatsapp for when they want to communicate cross platform.

            Messages is the most used app on iPhone. The "seamless" integration of sms and iMessage helps greatly.

        • N

          Apple barely exists outside the United States.

          • yungqb7

            What about Japan? I'm sure has quite a decent fanbase there

          • Roger Siegenthaler

            Nope, there it's weChat or Line afaik

          • DonEmu

            I'm not in the United States, I'm actually in Ghana, West Africa and Apple exists here just fine.

            And note we get phones here without those "subsidised" contracts and yet the middle and upper class tend to buy midrange to high-end phones.

          • AnonGuy

            You can buy a phone off contract just fine here. You people always come here and talk about subsidies as if there is no choice to buy a phone off contract here and even take it to a cheaper carrier and use it with their SIM Card, Unlocked. Hell, Verizon phones are - literally - sold as unlocked devices these days.

          • Edwin Ramirez

            Oh really?

      • brkshr

        Not only more platforms, but separate from Google+. I know a few people that won't use hangouts because you have to have a Google+ profile on iOS.

        • Arthur Dent

          Wow, that's a really lame reason. Just don't put anything on the Google+ profile if you hate it so. Problem solved.

          • brkshr

            I agree

          • brkshr

            Now that I think about it. If someone told me I would have to sign up for Facebook to use Hangouts. There is no way in hell that I would. So I can kind of understand.

          • Arthur Dent

            You have to sign up for Facebook to use Messenger.

            In any case, it's not like you have to use the profile, make it public, add people to circles, backup pictures, etc. All of that can be ignored. So I ask, what exactly is the problem?

          • brkshr

            That would be why I don't use Messenger...

            As I stated before. I choose not to support Facebook at all! Maybe these people choose not to support Google. I don't know. Personally, I'm a firm believer in putting your money where your mouth is. If I don't like a person/company/corporation, I'm not going to use their products. Otherwise, don't complain about them AND continue to fund them.

            I'm a big Google fan. So I have said the exact same things as you, countless times. Then I put myself in their shoes after our comments yesterday and realized that I would be the same way if Hangouts involved Facebook.

            Just my opinion.

          • AnonGuy

            The profile is Public, no matter what you want. You can hide some information on it, but your Name and Picture (and Cover Photo, among other things) will always be public. There is no way to change that.
            .
            Facebook used to let you hide your profile, they stopped letting you.
            .
            Google+ has /never/ allowed you to have a "private" profile, ever. So I'm not following your advice to not "make it public." Clarify.

          • Dent Arthur

            Wow, that's a really lame workaround. Just don't force anyone to use services they hate. Problem solved.

          • Arthur Dent

            They don't have to use it, do they? Is anyone holding a gun to their head forcing them to populate the profile with information? No, I don't believe so.

          • AnonGuy

            If you want to use Hangouts on iOS, then Google basically has a Gun to your head saying you have to join their social network, which shouldn't be the case. There is no work-around, especially since that protocol is locked down and not open like Google Talk was, and if you're going to be using it to communicate with Android users it doesn't make sense to make them download yet another app to try to use the GTalk protocol (which can be discontinued at any time) to work around the requirement.
            .
            Most people just say F it and use SMS/MMS (which works fine especially on high end phones that send higher quality pictures in their SMS/MMS clients), WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger (cause most people are on Facebook), or Skype.
            .
            The issue isn't they are too lazy to leave the profile empty, the issue is that a Google Account comes with a lot of bloat for someone who doesn't have one already and many iOS users do not have a Google Account - at all, and joining a Social Network gives people the impression that they should be active there and they don't want the extra services to manage.
            .
            There is always one of you guys here making excuses for what Google does :-P

    • Henrique Persechini

      I've been wishing this since it was first integrated in orkut years ago. Never happened, people here went from msn to facebook (skipped skype, of course) to whatsapp without much of a breath of life from hangouts

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      I tried bring a couple of my friends over to Hangout. They used it for one or two time and then noped out. Back to whatsaap.

      • Mert Çelen

        same here <.<

      • abobobilly

        Its not their fault. Its because hangouts is not as famous as whatsapp is. I mean, i certainly appreciate the "SMS for Hangouts" feature, where i'd get a SMS on my cell phone whenever i'd receive a message on my hangout, when i am offline.

        But hangouts is not available as wide as whatsapp is. I mean, the latter even runs on those Symbian (read: ancient) devices. That says something.

        • AnonGuy

          Google is discontinuing that "SMS for Hangouts" feature soon. Spring Cleaning. Have fun!

          • abobobilly

            Yes i know. Would you like me to quote my reactions on that news as well?

      • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

        I dont get why would want to pay for whatsapp (even though its only $1 a year). Why pay for something that should be/is free.

        • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

          They said they are more familiar with WA than Hangout and hangout looked complicated to them because of the fucked up contacts screen it has. Seriously, I didn't utter a single word after that, because it is fucked up indeed.

          On a related note, I was hoping I will get a WA subscription extension, as I've heard a lot of people get when their yearly subscription ends. Didn't get it.

          How come WA is allowed to accept subscription payment "via web", bypassing Google wallet? isn't that against Google Play policy?

          • Christopher Robert

            My grandma uses hangouts no problem. I have no idea why anyone would think it was complicated. That is comical to me. It just that a older generation don't like having to learn new software/hardware. So whatever they used first, even if it is less efficient and cost more money is what they want to stay with, and will come up with any excuse in the book to stay on it rather than have to learn something new. (This is why iPhones still sell so well too).

            I deal with this every day for my job. Most common excuse i hear is "That's just the way we have always done it".

        • JN

          Only idiots pay for whatsapp. I have been using it free for over 5 years. The trick is never pay. They will extend your service for free, every fucking time.

          • DonEmu

            I think that only applies to people who have used it for that long. Recent users sometimes don't get renewed.

            I for one have a lifetime account for some reason. Think it has to do with me getting it during the symbian days.

        • AnonGuy

          Well good luck sending a Video or Contact (.vcf) in Hangouts. This is why people pay for WhatsApp. It's a much better IM client than Hangouts.

          • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

            what? I can do those things...

          • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

            what? I can do those things...
            you should test things before you make crazy claims.

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah. More like whatscrap, right?

      Har har har. Eh, I'll just see myself out, now.

    • abobobilly

      Are you seriously comparing whatsapp against hangouts? Do you realize that whatsapp got a humongous userbase? It even runs on those puny Symbian devices.

      Hangouts service is awesome. But the app is far from "awesome". It lacks many features, and Google have been nothing but a f*cktard in fixing its issues, or adding new features.

    • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

      It should be every Android users duty to at the least put every Android user on to Hangouts.

      • yungqb7

        At the same time Google should prohibit the "standard OEM" messaging app and make hangouts the default app. If you want to use a different app, go right ahead since it is android after all. However something like (I mentioned it before) needs to be done

        • AnonGuy

          And how will people do basic things in SMS/MMS, then? Like, sending a Contact card? Hangouts doesn't support this, so how in the hell are they supposed to do it? OEMs are not bad for not buying into the terrible that Google has put on their Nexus devices. Their users are not guinea pigs. No one is going to want to buy the next Samsung/HTC phone and find out they need to search the Play Store for a 3rd party SMS/MMS client to do something phones have been doing for over a decade out of the box. They'd be ridiculed.
          .
          I'm astonished that Google wants to make Hangouts usable for business, but doesn't even have trivial business features built into the service/app...

    • lv

      I would love to use Hangouts, the only problem is that it completely sucks balls.

    • Çelen Mert

      Whatsapp is awesome,I wish all of my friends would stop using stupid hangouts and use this app :/

  • DrMacinyasha

    > Set custom notification tones for individual contacts

    http://i.imgur.com/kC2uNm0.gif Finally!

    • http://twitter.com/quaffster Ming Tang

      I was really hoping for notification vibration settings for individual chats more than anything. I hate when group chats vibrate like crazy.

      • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

        Kind of a weird work around but it works great for me (mainly cause hangouts sometimes doesn't show a notification on a sms message for me). I turn off notifications for group chats if they are annoying and i have TeslaUnread plugin. I get a little number on the icon for hangouts for all messages (group and individual) even if i dont have a notification for it.

  • Yaniv Plotnik

    Also RTL support at last!! :)

    • myculito

      What is RTL?

      • richie97

        Right to Left

      • miri

        Raster Than Light

      • Yaniv Plotnik

        Right to left

  • my95z34

    You're welcome. :-)

    • Nasser

      I can't manually install apks eversince I updated my Nexus 5 to 4.4.3. I have already enabled unknown reaources. Any ideas?or is this a new restriction placed by google.

      • mathcolo

        Getting "can't open file" in the Downloads app?

  • David Bell

    All of that is nice, but I find it ominous that there's no mention of a fix for the battery drain bug (from group conversations mostly). I'll wait it out a few days to see if it is fixed.

    • h4m

      The last version was so bad, today it was number two battery consumer, just behind the display. Google, please fix that.

      • brkshr

        That's crazy! I've never had a problem. What phones do you guys have?

        • David Bell

          Nexus 5 here. I had to revert to the last version before 2.1 and it's been OK like that.

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah. I've been tempted to do that.

            The contact picture bug is BUGGING me a lot. Pun intended (obviously).

          • brkshr

            Hmm. Hopefully they fix that for you. I haven't had any problems on my N5 or N4.

        • h4m

          Nexus 5, stock 4.4.3. Hangouts v2.1.100 http://imgur.com/oY0OoBp I wasn't even using it a lot. Hangouts v2.0 didn't even show up in the statistics O.O

          • Simon Belmont

            Exactly. Hangouts 2.0 didn't show up in the battery stats.

            Now I regularly see it in there. Hope it's fixed in this update.

          • h4m

            It's definitely a bug of Hangouts 2.1.x. I switched between 2.0 and 2.1.100 a lot and get always the same results.

          • brkshr

            I believe you guys. That sucks! I'm just wondering why it happens to some and not others, is all I'm getting at. Maybe I don't have enough messaging &/or group messaging going on.

    • Simon Belmont

      I've noticed increased battery drain in Hangouts since the original 2.1 also. It never even used to show up in the list in 2.0.

      I like the added features in Hangouts, but there's some basic stuff that's just broken. Hope it's fixed in this one.

    • Russ Brown
    • Matthew Skalecki

      A post by dzeigman less than an hour ago claims that this update fixes the battery drain bug: https://productforums.google.com/forum/m/#!msg/hangouts/PiCHREJIGmU/LMpL9dvGyjoJ

  • Eric James Salcido

    The first mirror gave me an .apk that wants to open like a zip file.. I can't install it, but ROM Toolbox and ROM Manager want to install it like a ROM.

    • Jesse

      Same here, but it just said could not open file. On stock S5. Mediafire link/apk installed just fine.

  • http://sushubh.net/ chromaniac

    Hidden Contacts List is very important. There was no way to unhide contacts from anywhere in Hangouts. One of the biggest complaints on Hangouts related community on Google+.

    PS: Google Hangouts let you hide contacts. They no longer appear in the contacts list but you can converse with them and search them.

  • Rudy Ballesteros

    You can now also save media from hangout and sms messages.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's not new.

      • Rudy Ballesteros

        You sure. I pretty sure you can only save media from sms messages not hangout messages.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I'm positive, I just double checked in a Hangout message on the previous build.

          • Rudy Ballesteros

            oh okay well I will continue to look if I find anything new. :(

          • Abhilash Bingi

            I wonder why can't see the saved media when I go to the 'Downloads' app on my N4? It's visible when I go to Gallery/Photos.

            Is there some reason for this behavior that I don't understand?

            Also sharing any picture from 'Downloads' is so convoluted! You can't share it if you open the picture. You've to long press it to select it, and a share option pops up on the action bar! And since long press is not being used that often these days in android, I couldn't find how to share it for quite some time.

            It's such a mess!

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
  • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

    I think there's a limit to how many numbers you can block. I'm having it crash every time I add a new number after the 10th or so.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's not a limit, that's a bug.

      • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

        Well, that's what I meant. There's a bug that causes this limit :P

      • Simon Belmont

        It's a feature. It teaches you not to know so many jerky and thus blockable people.

        "With this new feature, Google believes that you'll have better relationships." /s.

        • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

          I was trying to block spam. My credit card company enjoys sending me spamvertisement through a dozen or more different phone numbers. I've called several departments and none know where or how I can unsubscribe.

          • Simon Belmont

            Haha. My response was actually meant to be more of a tongue in cheek attempt at jocularity.

            I can understand blocking annoying spam calls. I've done it, too.

          • Kurt Schultz

            All you have to do is reply to those with "stop" no quotes

  • SpiderDice

    Yes! So I can have custom text tones for different "Hangouts" or people now?

  • Henrique Persechini

    Cool, they fixed the area codes in the sms database messing up contact merging

  • https://google.com/+LateefAlabiOki Lateef Alabi-Oki

    Some day, before the century is over, we'll get Google Voice integration.

  • Simon Belmont

    Oh, good, an update to Hangouts. Does this fix the whole issue where my contact's pictures don't show up in the notification pull-down?

    Also, does it fix the other issue I'm having where it thinks a conversation between me and one other person is actually a conversation between me and two other people and thus splits up the contact avatars in Hangouts? I'd love to see those two things fixed.

    • Joe Lileikis

      I get that too. Very annoying.

  • Dutchy

    OMFG!!!!! it took so long to introduce some of these basic things!??? like come on!

    • Arthur Dent

      Slow down there, chief. Don't give yourself an aneurysm....

  • Connor

    In group chats, it now says "Send to group" instead of just "Send hangouts message", also the hangouts icon is in groups now?

  • Tomas

    The built in emoji interface has been updated to match the one on the google keyboard.

  • ProductFRED

    Did it fix the huge wakelock that 2.1 caused on many devices?

  • Ernest

    MMS never works on T-mobile :((. Any fix ??

    • Simon Belmont

      Weird. Works fine for me on T-Mobile.

      In fact it used to be wonky ONCE in a while. But the last few updates eliminated that completely for me.

      • Ernest

        what kind of phone do you have ?

        • Simon Belmont

          Oh. Nexus 5.

          What do you have? I'm interested.

          • Ernest

            i have the Galaxy S5. MMS used to work perfectly, until the recent last 2 hangout updates

          • Simon Belmont

            Uh oh. Yikes.

            Sorry you're having trouble. Did you install this latest version and try to see if it works?

          • Ernest

            yup. Same issue here. This is frustrating Lol, thanks tho

      • Ernest

        My 4g LTE icon keeps appearing &disappearing.

    • Taylor00

      It does when you're off wifi.

      • Simon Belmont

        Hmm. Works fine for me when I'm on Wi-Fi.

        At work or at home. No problems.

    • trimeta

      When you're connected to a wifi network *and* Wi-Fi Calling is enabled, MMS will fail. Disable one of those things to receive your MMS messages.

      • Ernest

        I dont even use Wifi calling. The LTE icon just appears and disappears. What apn did you select user the sms settings?

  • Michael

    I wish hangouts had a search feature.

    • duse

      Yep. The most basic of functionality. Really insulting.

      • Calvin Uijlen

        Which is crazy, because Google is a search company.
        How is it possible that there is no search feature?

        • duse

          Excellent question. It's laziness.

      • Fatty Bunter

        Insulting????

        • duse

          Yes. They have no respect for their users. The current default SMS app is not providing a feature that the original iPhone had in 2007 and probably the first Android phone as well.

  • polesmoker99

    I saw the headline as "Hangouts Updated To v2.1.223 With SMS B" and got my hopes up that it was Backup and an Android version of iMessage was about to be unveiled. So much for those hopes. :(

    • Simon Belmont

      Heh. Isn't the Android version of iMessage, literally Hangouts?

      I mean they're nearly the same in functionality. Give or take.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Can't wait for Voice integration so I can make full use of this. I do all my texting through my Voice number, and I only communicate with one person regularly through Hangouts. I like the app quite a bit, but need more of an excuse to use it.

    • Simon Belmont

      It's definitely grown on me since I started HAVING to use it when I got my Nexus 5. Yeah, I could have gone with a third-party SMS app, but I figured what the hell, and gave it a shot.

      It's nice. Functional. Glad to see it gaining features. It just needs some bug fixes. My wife actually switched over to it on her HTC One. She likes it a lot.

    • John Underwood

      If you are rooted and using Xposed Installer, try out the XVoice+ module. It routes all outbound SMS messages through Google Voice and all inbound Google Voice messages to your SMS app.

      • Randy Strye

        for me, who travels quite a few miles a day, in and out of signal, it will stop working after coming back into signal until i disable and re-enable it. i wish it'd work correctly..

  • Simon Belmont

    Hmm. But what is the actual use case for hiding a contact? :P

    Is it like, if you don't want your spouse to know you're talking with someone you're not supposed to be? Hahaha. Disclaimer: I never do that. :)

  • tehone

    Is there a way to force the Hangouts app to stop suggesting random Google+ people (who you don't know/care about) when you're selecting recipients for a new message?

    That "feature" bugs the shit out of me...

    • Simon Belmont

      No. Not that I know of.

      I generally just ignore that. Only time I need to see it is if I'm punching in letters to start a conversation with a contact that's not already in my thread list.

  • daas88

    It still needs an option to clean unicode, so when I send a message in a language other than English, it doesn't cost me 2 or 3 sms instead of one if I write with tildes and other special characters...

  • kjad2

    Hopefully one day Google will allow me to see only the contacts in my phone. I do not use and want any contacts from Google+

    • miri

      I forget where it is because they keep changing it but there should be a checkbox somewhere to mark a circle as "just following" or something to that effect so it's excluded from your personal contacts.

      • Simon Belmont

        Different problem, but related, I don't even have Google+, and my contacts pictures don't show up (I get the generic gray contact picture). Mostly this happens in the notification pull-down.

        It's been happening since 2.1 of Hangouts. It was perfect in 2.0.

  • joser116

    Its loads so dam slow compared to Whatsapp and others on any phone I've tried it on, even on GS4.

  • abobobilly

    The dreaded sidebar is still not fixed (still causing accidental swipes). WHAT THE FUCK GOOGLE? WHY U SO RETARDED THESE DAYS?

  • Alexei Watson

    I have two wishes for hangouts

    1) The desktop app is able to send/receive SMS/MMS in addition to just hangouts messages, obviously relying on the phone to sync them.

    2) Phone calls over the internet.

    • Russ Brown

      I'd add:
      * Allow images to be pasted and/or inline display of image links
      * Allow individual chat rooms to be snoozed.

  • devadvance

    Emoji section updates?
    -Scrolling horizontally via pages rather than single vertical page per section
    -"ABC" buttons on the bottom left and right corners, as well as a space bar in the middle
    -I use SwiftKey, and previous version had frequent lag when opening the emoji section; seems to be improved with this version

    • Simon Belmont

      Oh, wow. So the emoji lag is finally fixed?

      That shit was bothering me for months. Seriously, it was bad, especially considering how powerful the Snapdragon 800 is in my N5.

    • Simon Belmont

      Finally got the update. I see what you mean, now.

      It trades lagginess for convenience, though. Now you have to swipe A LOT more to get to the emoji you want. This was done, ostensibly, so they didn't have to load as many emoji per page. That eliminated the lag but made it more tedious to find the emoji you want.

  • envious684

    Yet hangouts still doesn't have that little interactive pop up message which let's you reply without going in the app. Until they do that, this app is still sub par.

    • Simon Belmont

      Get iOS 8. It has it.

      I kid, I kid. Don't do that to yourself.

      • envious684

        I have a nexus 5. Textra does it perfectly fine

  • Zak Taccardi

    Is anyone having issues installing this? Nexus 5 4.4.3

    • Joe Lileikis

      Yes I am

      • Zak Taccardi

        the android filehost apk was a dud

  • Ben Freund

    This update is actually really useful if you spend a lot of time in noisy group chats. The only way to silence the constant alerts before was to cut off notifications to the chat entirely which then puts a giant red bar at the to of the chat window. Now I can just set it to a quiet or entirely blank sound file.

  • Shining Wing

    Now I'm just waiting for /me chat to work on the app, since I use it all the time on desktop Hangouts. XD

  • Frank Lopez

    Everytime I see a hangout update i get excited thinking full google voice integration is included.

    • http://oldsaltycrow.com/ Edward Polack

      Probably won't happen until Google I/O.

  • Randy Strye

    i saw "hangouts update" and was all like "!!!" and finished reading the title without seeing "google voice integration" and was all like "..."

  • Devon Warren

    They finally added the ability to bring up contact info by touching a persons avatar! I've been waiting forever for this.

  • Paul Troy

    I don't mind handouts really, but blowed if I can stop it from listing multiples of same contact. Almost 4 of each one. Tried all the suggestions. Went back to S4 default.

  • Ryan O’Neill

    AP should do a poll for "features Hangouts needs the most". There's a good long list of them.

  • Pedro Maricato

    Hangouts app now built-in solution to block sms. No other app required. http://youtu.be/JCILP7Xl_pw

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    STILL no video messaging? This is annoying me so much I might not even use Hangouts for SMS.

    • Simon Belmont

      Do you mean attaching a video in an MMS? Because I've done that several times in Hangouts.

      It automatically drops the resolution to something like QVGA so it's small enough to fit into an MMS. Pretty nice.

      • Bryan Pizzuti

        No, I mean video messaging, as in like the iOS version of the app has had for a long time now.

        • Simon Belmont

          OK. So 10 second video clips in Hangouts chat.

          I don't use iOS, so I wasn't sure. Thanks for the clarification.

  • yungqb7

    I think for an easier and more widespread adaptation of this app would be for google to put its foot down and make this the primary messaging app installed on android phones. Before people lose it, hear me out. Since it is android, those who want to use a different default messaging app still have the ability to do since they know how to do that. However for the general populous, its WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get). Of course there are still numerous updates that are still needed for the app, but I think a direction such as that is needed sadly.
    iMessage is so highly regarded to being the "ish" because that was the only messaging program iPhone users could use and if I'm not sure (since I'm not an iOS user) you need to have an Apple ID. With that Apple ID, you get the "free" messaging that everyone raves about.
    Hangouts has the ability to take things so much further, but Google needs to show some aggression on a few things. The carriers and OEMs are taken this "openness" a bit too far and just making the experience a bit more complicated for the general user. An example for this would be the Verizon Galaxy S5 comes preloaded with 3 messaging apps! Verizon messaging, the standard OEM messaging, and hangouts. I've had people asking me which one is the regular messaging app countless times already. C'mon Google, do something to end the nonsense already!

    • Matt

      I've been thinking Google will just integrate Hangouts as the underlying messaging service in Android.. thus all apps will have access to Hangouts, without being Hangouts. eg. ChompSMS will have access to Hangouts, Handcent can use it, etc.. that's the sure way to domination. Then it's up to developers how to design their own UI around it. For something like Chomp they don't have to change a thing. Then all the complaints about interface and lack of features disappear instantly.

  • dude

    Allow making calls like iOS version already.

  • Christopher Robert

    Was really hoping that this would merge gvoice

    • Simon Belmont

      Wait a few weeks for I/O. I'm guessing that will be a version 3.0 level update to Hangouts.

      It will be nice when it finally arrives, though. GV has been languishing with hardly any updates for a long time.

      • Christopher Robert

        I hope you are right.

  • Vinícius Souza

    Really hope they fixed:

    1. Vertical pictures displayed on horizontal inside conversation panel.
    2. Annoying SwiftKey almost always showing up when returning to contacts panel.
    3. Enter key creating a new line in instead of inserting emoticons or sending message.

  • guest

    Does Hangouts SMS support scheduled messaging yet? It is such a useful feature that I use very often! That is all that is left for me to make the complete switch!

    • Simon Belmont

      Heh. I just use Tasker for that.

      Works like a charm. Good stuff.

  • Prasad Tiruvalluri

    Why is it that I am not seeing People and Options at all in my Hangouts? I am only seeing settings in the menu. Also Is there any way to block by long pressing a message rather than going into the "People and Options" (Which i am not seeing anyways) :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      People & options is a drop down setting inside conversations.

      • Prasad Tiruvalluri

        Thanks. I would have never guessed..

  • deltatux

    Still no voice only calls :(

  • jake

    Where is the "keyboard indicator button"? I can't find it anywhere.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      When you press the + sign to start a new conversation.

      • jake

        Yep, like I said in the comment, edited minutes after :P

  • k1chy

    When selecting the "People & Options" in a conversation thread with no associated number or email (very common in banking) the app force closes. Seems like they should streamline it better for contacts with no numbers?!

  • g0dl1ke

    Давно пора - спам уже надоел

  • Anthony Russell

    Would be nice if the app had a theme system as part of the app. The stock theme is repelling me. If there was a way to change to the theme, I would stick with Hangouts as my SMS app of choice.

  • ewq

    I would use Hangouts if its changelog read, "Doesnt suck completely anymore".

  • James

    Does it remove Google+ yet? Give it up, Google. No one's using your shitty social network no matter how hard you push.

    • Calvin Uijlen

      You know that is bullshit right? :P

  • Nath Ward

    Found another new feature, in a group chat if you press and hold on someone's avatar in the chat it will automatically put @Name in your text input!

    E.g. if I held on my mate bob's name in our group chat it would type @Bob for me!

    • yungqb7

      That was in the previous version or 2 I believe. However, does that highlight/notify that person now?

      • Nath Ward

        Yeah I know now :P My bad xD
        And no unfortunately, that would be a great feature!

  • Garrett Bridges

    I have some annoying quirks with Hangouts, and I don't even know where to ask for help, besides all you lovleries.

    At first, I couldn't even make it display contact names the way I wanted, (i.e. "Dad" instead of my dad's full name). I figured that out, but now it's not displaying their contact picture. I've made sure all the correct defaults are set in the contacts. No idea what I'm doing wrong there.

    And sometimes, when the person's picture shows up correctly, it will then become a blank box again in group chats. What the heck is going on? I would think Google would be way better about bugs like this in an app as big as Hangouts.

    Phew, glad I got that off my chest, now if I can find some Samsung experts I'll be burden-free. :p

    • yungqb7

      Just of curiosity, how did you figure out displaying the contact names to your liking? I'm referring to "(i.e. "Dad" instead of my dad's full name)"

      • Garrett Bridges

        This was trial and error, so YMMV, but I had to firstly (and regrettably) delete the desired individual's SMS thread, then go into the contacts, select the contact, hit menu, and then hit "mark as default". It brought up a list of all of that person's contact info (e-mail addresses, Facebook, Google +, etc.), and from there, you can pick which number, picture, name, and e-mail you want defaulted for that person.

        Having said all that, that's on a stock Note 3, so I have no idea if that works universally.

        • yungqb7

          Interesting... I'll keep that in mind. I'm on a rooted (loki'd) Galaxy S4 running 4.2.2 (still haven't found any KK Roms I like and I don't like the Samsung "emojis" taking over Google's "emojis") So I'll attempt this myself and see what happens. The workaround seems plausible, but a bit tedious as well. I did mention in an earlier comment that the phonebook info should supersede the Google+ info.

        • yungqb7

          yeah no luck for me, unless I selected the wrong info to mark as default (I chose "mom" and it still shows her full name). Google is seriously slacking

  • artur slimak

    +Artem Russakovskii +Android Police when I try to download this apk on my PC F-Secure Client Security Premium tells me that this file is a trojan - Trojan:Android/Gin.Master.J

    • jj14x

      Umm... disqus isn't G+ - so that "+" prefix isn't doing what you probably think.

  • LondonLeedsFan

    Last time I used Hangouts for SMS instead of my usual Samsung messaging app it was so...so...so ... so buggy and slow. I didn't like how SMS and Hangout calls were all listed in the same list.. Is this still the case? I don't see any real advantage to use Hangouts over my usual SMS app? Open to it, so please do tell me if there are any advantages (apart from the fact i nots part of Touchwiz ;) )

    • yungqb7

      You can un-merge sms from hangouts but it seems pointless to have two separate threads for 1 person (in my opinion). You can change how to send a message to that persson -> sms/hangouts

  • AV

    Is the battery drain fixed?

  • Android Developer

    SMS blocking?
    That's awesome !
    I really asked for this a long time ago.

  • s

    I just need utf characters strip :| ...

  • Lamm

    Meh, I hate Hangouts sms integration. Acctually I still like Gtalk better.

    Hangouts fells bloated.

  • DonEmu

    Hangouts needs to stop forcing Google+. Make the app layout way more sensible. Google voice integration. That contacts screen is atrocious.

    Also need to integrate SMS/Hangouts better. Link to phone numbers and email like what iMessage does so the system knows when which format would be appropriate.

    I swear I know a lot of people who liked the idea of hangouts and used it for a short time but couldn't over look all it's flaws in the long run.

  • Peacen1k

    Are we still unable to kick people from group hangouts?

  • Spiry

    It's the 6th of June and I still haven't received the "official" update on Market...

  • Luxferro

    My manually installed .223 version just updated to .224 minutes ago.

  • Simon Belmont

    Just updated to 2.1.224 of Hangouts. It looks like the contact pictures are correctly showing in the notification pull-down, now. But, I'm still getting thread pictures that are split in half because it thinks I'm in a conversation with two other people, even though it's just one. I really wish Google would fix that.

    The emoji lag is gone. Totally fixed (finally). I see how they did it. They just loaded less emoji per page. The problem with this solution is that now you have to scroll, scroll, scroll, and scroll to find the emoji you want. Also, your most recently used emoji list is MUCH smaller. It's a nice compromise. But, it makes getting the emoji you want a bit tedious.

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  • frafri

    it broke the emoji : (
    before it would show google's emoji
    now it shows samsung's

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  • AnonGuy

    I noticed that I can now send Pictures and Change my Profile Picture without a Google+ Profile after this update.
    Confirmation?
    Such thorough testing of these updates, you guys :-P

  • linkvirus

    Hangouts is a total embarrassment to the android app inventory!!!! You got to be a total lame ass to find it useful. Oh well, boring is as boring does!!!

  • Aj

    Anyone having problems with ost emoji history after the last update?

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