Google is rolling out an updated version of Hangouts, and while version 2.0.2 doesn't introduce much in the way of exciting new features, it squashes a handful of annoying bugs introduced when the app took on the ability to handle SMS and MMS messages.
The newer, SMS-tackling version of Hangouts came with a few quirks that have been rubbing more than a handful of users the wrong way. For starters, the app converted any text message sent to multiple receivers to an MMS, which is chargeable for many people. There was no way to disable this behavior - until now. Read More
At some point in your childhood, one of your parents may have warned you against making faces - "knock it off," they said, "or your face will freeze like that." That sound advice might not actually be true, but it seems to have a pertinent application for the latest versions of the Hangouts app on Android. Reddit user Recon2012 found an app-killing bug within Hangouts relating to the new emoji functionality in the Android keyboard.
His demonstrable bug works like this: get into a Hangout with one or more parties, then spam the hell out of the emoji mini-icons - he said it took 10 pages of them, hundreds and hundreds of individual images, to see the result. Read More
It's been a long time coming, but Google's distributed video advice service is finally live. Helpouts is a video chat service with a Google backbone, built on the interface and servers of Hangouts. But this is no mere chat service: it's designed specifically for users to connect with and learn from experts in their respective field. You can access the videos from the web or, naturally, the Android app.
Since you'll be connecting with individuals and companies that are ostensibly experts, you'll have to pay them for their time, either on a minute-by-minute basis or in a session fee. Read More
Users of Google Voice have long called for the company to pay more attention to the seemingly forgotten service for quite some time. Unfortunately, they may be getting more than they were hoping for. While many people are thrilled to hear Voice will finally support MMS and become a part of Hangouts in early 2014, Google is also planning to close up shop for all 3rd-party apps that relied on the service for free texting and VoIP calling. Sadly, these apps will cease to function on May 15, 2014.
Google plans to shut down the XMPP interface currently used by alternative Voice apps. Read More
The coveted update may take a while to reach you, considering it hasn't even started officially rolling yet. Luckily, we have the APK from the Nexus 5 factory image you can download and safely install manually. Read More
About a month ago, we found some enticing goodies in Hangouts' 1.2 update. Specifically, we found evidence of activity statuses - rich status messages that would allow you to set a status with accompanying iconography for things like biking, driving, laptop, tablet, and phone. Some of these, (like biking and driving) we predicted, may be set automatically by Hangouts. The teardown also revealed the possibility of moods, using the bouncy yellow fellow found on Google+.
Today, Product Manager Randall Sarafa shared a post on Google+ confirming features discussed in the Google+ event earlier this week along with statuses and moods. Statuses and mood icons are apparently set to appear next to a user's "read up to here" indicator. Read More
Vic Gundotra just announced what we've all hoped for (and kind of already anticipated): SMS is coming to Hangouts. Yes.
Aside from that, you'll also be able to share your location with a simple tap. Oh, and GIFs. Prepare for all sorts of animated crap in Hangouts. It's happening. Unfortunately, we're not exactly sure when it will be happening – there's no word right now as to when the updated APK will hit Google Play.
Let's hope for today. Nope. It'll be out "in a few days." Sadface.
Hangouts on Air is also getting a nice update today, which will bring the ability to plan a HoA, promote the content within, and manage the HoA like a producer would a TV show. Read More
Several days ago, I started a series of rumor posts on my personal Google+ account discussing some Android rumors I felt were interesting enough to share, but didn't feel confident enough yet to do so here on the site. The posts were heavily prefixed with disclaimers that none of them may turn out to be true but that I had a certain level of confidence to talk about them in public unofficially.
After posting rumor #3 (the one that everyone got seriously excited about), I was able to get a second confirmation and now have enough confidence to promote it from Google+ to Android Police. Read More
. Don't forget to check out the Gmail teardown
I did on Saturday and voice your opinion on ads that are coming to the Android app.
Back in the wonderful days of Google Talk, you could set an online status (Available, Busy, Invisible) along with a custom status message. Read More
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.