It looks like Hangouts on the web is learning a new trick. Some users are reporting that Hangouts can now sketch a message, drawing with a variety of brush widths and colors on a little scratchpad, which is sent to the user on the other end of the conversation as an image. To sketch, users need only hover over the camera icon, click on the pencil icon that appears, then draw away. Once a sketch has been sent, it can apparently still be edited, as shown in the gif below sent to us by a kind tipster.


It seems this functionality is on a slow rollout, but more users have already reported seeing it since we put out feelers last night. Though it's confined to the web for now, it's easy to imagine the functionality eventually finding itself on Hangouts' Android incarnation, which would certainly spice up any conversation on the go.

Let us know in the poll if you're already seeing "sketch a message" in hangouts, or if you're still waiting.

Update: It looks like uninstalling the Hangouts extension for Chrome and then reinstalling it will activate the sketch feature if you aren't already enjoying it. (Thanks, Nicole!)

Can you sketch a message in Hangouts yet?

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Thanks, Ryuuie and Ronald Morasse!

Liam Spradlin
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  • Jovie Brett Bardoles

    Not working :(

  • idlukakas

    I don't get it

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Nothing like this showing on my end

  • Kieron Quinn

    Well this explains why Hangouts on PC has been so laggy today, anyone else seeing this too?

    • http://sushubh.net/ chromaniac

      I think you are suffering from the Chrome 64bit bug like me.

      • Kieron Quinn

        That would also explain why it started today
        Edit: Scratch that, still on 32 bit

  • Guest

    Man I have a note 3. This would be killer on my phone. My girlfriend and I could totally send each other dick pics.

  • xHabeasCorpusx

    Man I have a note 3. This would be killer on my phone. My girlfriend and I could totally send each other dick pics.

    • Risket

      But.... there's a CAMERA! (^_^)

      • Dirty Dave

        It's better if she draws her dick

        • xHabeasCorpusx

          Thank you. Finally someone understands.

    • abobobilly

      Dick pics for you?


      • Blue Sun

        Don't judge man. Some guys are into that.

        • xHabeasCorpusx

          Drawing dicks never gets old. It's why I am not allowed in McDonalds ball pits anymore.

          • abobobilly

            "Ball Pits". You sir, a f*cking legend.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    Who wrote this!? And why do they challenge us with only two options? Polls with two options on android police are unacceptable! I'm calling the DMV to revoke your license

  • http://comraderudy.com Rudy Riv

    anyone know if it's working on the chrome extension or the hangouts from G+?

    • Jovie Brett Bardoles

      I'm using Hangouts extension, not working :(

      • Tsagoi

        I had to disable and enable the extension for it to start working.

    • Tiuri Elvander

      I can use it with the Chrome extension

    • WORPspeed

      I am using the hangouts in Gmail
      Works for me
      It is lame though.....missing an undo button (my biggest gripe)
      No colors options (just different shades of grey)

      But for a first release it is pretty fun :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo F.

    Will be great if we can draw with the fingers in air using the web câmera.

    • daas88

      You'd need a kinect for that.

  • remister

    Why doesn't AP, have an APK download for this!!!

  • Michael

    I think there are more important things they could be incorporating...

    • Kieron Quinn

      Such as? This is the PC version, not the Android version. All it's really lacking is stickers

      • Imparus

        Well the video chat have a lot to improve on.

      • Michael

        the ability to text and answer phone calls would be very appreciated. Yes, that is that needs to be put on the android to work, but I want this more than anything.

        • JG

          Yes! I would love to be able to send/receive SMS (& MMS) messages on any Hangouts enabled device. Just have the message popping up on the screen so I can glance over & see what my friend/colleague needs and reply to it quickly would be a lot easier and less interruption to the work flow than having to completely stop, stand up, fish the phone out of my pocket, unlock it, open the SMS app ...

        • IamTheFij

          I already can answer phone calls with it. Unfortunately, I can't place phone calls with it.

          Both placing calls and sending/receiving SMS through my GV account would be great.

    • Thejungle

      That's right. Google starts playing stupid games of adding bull**** features while app itself sucks and even doesn't work. Meh...

      • Chapa

        I actually use it for work stuff, and it's top notch. Mobile seems to lag a bit, gotta admit, but the desktop implementation (with the oh so lovely screen share) is almost flawless.

        • Thejungle

          I can't agree with you. I use(d) it for talking regularly with my gf. It has a lot of lags, it has problems with sending messages all the time, especially when connection gets a bit of more load, it sends message for about 10 secs at some moments, while it is a few lines of text, what is RADICULUS. Similar problems appeared from time to time or even very often. I don't like it so I've changed to other IM which works flawlesly.

  • Ishmeet kalra

    I would love this functionality on my Note 2

  • Pal

    Remember Draw Something? This is going to be great.

  • Russ Brown

    Seems that this does most, if not all, of the work required to allow images to be pasted directly into conversations. Can someone with this sketch feature give pasting a try?

  • xnadax

    So I started sketching a message to someone, left my computer to get some food, and now I don't remember who I'm sketching to... Apparently there is no way to see who the recipient is while sketching.

  • Sir_Brizz

    This is a cool and quirky thing that is fun. Hopefully they add it to Android :)

  • dcdttu

    You can only do it in G+ it seems, not in gmail.com.

    • xnadax

      I'm doing it from Gmail.

      • dcdttu

        Interesting. I get the little draw option in G+, but not gmail.

  • Michael

    You can just unhide the button. Open firebug and search for "Draw an image". Its just hidden!

  • IamTheFij

    Just got it! Just uninstall and reinstall the Chrome extension.

    Kind of annoying that every edit is a new picture and they are all stored in G+.

  • Taedirk

    Really needs an undo button and a larger visible cursor for the tiny pen. And background images. And 3d. Okay, not going to lie, I really just want Swapnote on my 3DS back.

  • ashish

    Also if you are using some third party keyboard, the emoji layout has been changed it's now right to left from earlier up to down.

  • BoFiS

    This should come to the mobile versions where everyone has a touch screen

  • WORPspeed

    "Yep, I'm pretty much Da Vinci with this thing"

    Artem Russakovski is my witness


  • Nicole Cozma

    You're welcome! Thanks for the credit.

  • Tony

    Can anyone tell me what the purpose of the "pan" function is? It doesn't actually move anything in the image, just the canvas around the tiny text box.

    • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

      Yes.... I've just learnt what it is for..... it's horrible! I tried adding a picture to doodle on, and it imports the photo FULL SIZE so you have to pan around the photo to make to your doodles - it's horrible!

  • abobobilly

    Btw, its working only for web version right? Because chrome extension seems to have remain unaffected.

    Or is it just me?

  • Noroxus

    Uninstalling it then re-installing it does not work for everyone, just an FYI

  • vgergo

    Please bring it to our Notes

  • http://comraderudy.com Rudy Riv

    sweet as working for me now (on chrome extension).

    can also be used to edit photos in conversation thread. click pencil in top right corner of image.