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Product Managers Tip Moods, Statuses for Hangouts, Offer Progress Update On Google Voice

Product Managers Tip Moods, Statuses for Hangouts, Offer Progress Update On Google Voice

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+.

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Hangouts Getting A Major Update, Brings Location Sharing, Support For GIFs, And SMS Integration (!)

Hangouts Getting A Major Update, Brings Location Sharing, Support For GIFs, And SMS Integration (!)

Vic Gundotra just announced what we've all hoped for (and kind of already anticipated): SMS is coming to Hangouts. Yes.

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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.

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All But Confirmed - Google Hangouts 1.3 Screenshots Suggest SMS/MMS Integration; Video Sharing Capabilities Coming Too

All But Confirmed - Google Hangouts 1.3 Screenshots Suggest SMS/MMS Integration; Video Sharing Capabilities Coming Too

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.

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[APK Teardown] Code Within Hangouts 1.2 Indicates Rich Statuses, Including Activities And Moods, Are Coming

[APK Teardown] Code Within Hangouts 1.2 Indicates Rich Statuses, Including Activities And Moods, Are Coming

Hangouts was one of many Google apps that received pretty significant updates last week. Version 1.2 finally brought availability statuses for people on your contact list, better organization of contacts, and several other improvements. Under-the-hood, however, I spotted a few more additions that don't seem to be live just yet, which is exactly what we have APK teardowns around here for.

Hey, you. Yes, you. 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.
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Hangouts 1.2 Update Rolling Out, Brings Availability Statuses, A Better Organized Contact List, And More [Update: APK]

Hangouts 1.2 Update Rolling Out, Brings Availability Statuses, A Better Organized Contact List, And More [Update: APK]

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!
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Google Transitions From H.264 To VP8 For Hangouts Video Chats, Starts Supporting HD Streaming

Google Transitions From H.264 To VP8 For Hangouts Video Chats, Starts Supporting HD Streaming

Some of you may have already noticed that your Hangouts video looked significantly clearer the last time you fired it up. That's because Google has transitioned from the H.264 video codec to VP8, and with it, the company has introduced HD streaming. Google started rolling out the change to users in the last few weeks, but it will still be a while before this rolls out to everyone.

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Google introduced VP8 back in 2010 as an open and royalty-free format allowing users to watch video in browsers without the need for any additional plugins.

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There's A Minor Google Hangouts Update v1.1.2.778356 Slowly Rolling Out [APK]

There's A Minor Google Hangouts Update v1.1.2.778356 Slowly Rolling Out [APK]

Given the major Keep update to v2 today, I got excited when I saw that Hangouts was updated as well a short time after. Unfortunately, it seems like it's a very minor bump: from 1.1.1.753199 to 1.1.2.778356.

A quick teardown revealed updated translations and some minor under-the-hood code changes that aren't anything to write home about. The changelog hasn't been updated either and still lists the added emoji support and other stuff from the previous v1.1 update.

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Google Quietly Announces Helpouts, A Video Chat Service Where Experts Can Sell Their Assistance

Google Quietly Announces Helpouts, A Video Chat Service Where Experts Can Sell Their Assistance

Have you ever been stumped by a problem that's clearly outside your wheelhouse? Perhaps you've even fantasized about being able to just dial up an expert to pick their big meaty brain about the problem. That's exactly what Google has just announced with Helpouts. It's a cunning play on words, you see. It's like a Hangout, but it's used to help people. Google is clever.

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The idea behind Helpouts is that folks with a certain area of expertise will set up an account with their skills, qualifications, availability, and rate.

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[APK Teardown] Google Glass XE8 - Google Hangouts Chat Is Coming, A Working Lock Screen Lab, And I Think The Glass Team Is Onto Us

[APK Teardown] Google Glass XE8 - Google Hangouts Chat Is Coming, A Working Lock Screen Lab, And I Think The Glass Team Is Onto Us

Yet another Google Glass update means yet another Google Glass Teardown - we're now up to version "XE8." Despite Glass being a complete nightmare to do diff work on (every file is in every APK), and the highly experimental nature of Glass (stuff gets removed all the time), Glass teardowns have actually had a pretty good hit rate.

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Finally. A feature I've wanted since the first day I opened Google Glass: Google Hangouts support.

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Google+ App Updated To Version 4.1: Google Drive Support, Better Account Switching, Pull To Refresh, And Google+ Messenger Is Gone

Google+ App Updated To Version 4.1: Google Drive Support, Better Account Switching, Pull To Refresh, And Google+ Messenger Is Gone

In a detailed post to Google+ this morning, Googler Virgil Dobjanschi announced new and enhanced features for the Google+ Android app. They'll be arriving in an update to version 4.1, set to go live today. According to Dobjanschi, the changes are focused on additions and revisions suggested by end users, and looking at the list, we're inclined to believe him.

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First of all: no more Google+ Messenger. Ha-lay-freakin-lujah. Since the new Hangouts app has effectively replaced G+ messenger on the web, the mobile version is following suit, meaning you won't ever have to see that extraneous icon in your app drawer again.

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