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Chrome for Android and Hangouts Receive Updates in Google Play

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Both of Google’s Chrome for Android browser and Hangouts applications received updates today, available for download through Google Play. The Chrome update lists two new APIs that developers can utilize, one that enables video and voice communications directly in browser without the need for a plugin, while the other allows the processing of audio within web applications. In addition, there is now a “visual indication” when you scroll to the top or bottom of a webpage. 

As for Hangouts, the changelog has yet to hit Google Play, so we won’t know what exactly changed until that is updated. Keep your eyes open for something good. Maybe more emojis? Maybe Google Voice integration? Doubtful, but we will always remain optimistic.

Chrome Changelog:

  • WebRTC, an API that enables video and voice communication directly in the browser without a plugin.
  • WebAudio, an API that allows developers to process and synthesize audio in web applications.
  • Visual indication when scrolling to the top or bottom of a page.
  • New color picker user interface for web forms.

Hangouts Changelog:

  • Currently unavailable.

Play Links: Hangouts | Chrome

Cheers Dustin and Shawn!

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  • Steve B

    God dammit Google, give me my messaging integration!

  • fitzgerald52

    When I’m on my PC, hangouts now has the phone option that was previously only under gchat so they seem to be slowly integrating GV into hangouts

  • chris420o

    make hangouts viable please…its slow sometimes hangs at open and really has no use except for me to talk to my cousin n maybe 3 other people who use it…just fully intergrate it with messaging like imessage(the one thing ios really gets right)…i mean they copy everything from android google should copy them with this its the one feature im jealous of n i hate hearing about from people who have iphones that send me messages n stuff that oh did it go through bc it wasnt imessage blah blah blah…sms/mms and tweaks are really needed in hangouts for it to shine

  • TheRealKingOfAllMedia

    B f’in D

  • Samuel Serafim

    I really dont like Chrome. I cant even open multi pages from a folder or have off line Favorites actived in Chrome. Horrible. Im using Native (or Dolphin) Browser and Im pleased anyway.

    • Michael

      me too…used chrome for awhile and its wayyyyyyyyyyy too slow

  • JustinRadice

    I’m still waiting for SMS intigration for hangouts.

  • Ugh! Also still no text reflow/ wrap in Chrome, double ugh!!

  • Sporttster

    Don’t use Chrome and would get rid of it if I could. It lags so incredibly bad as to be all but useless. EVERY time a app uses it, it hangs and pops up a wait/report/close box. I must have reported that stupid thing twenty times. It’s horrible….stock browser, no probs… I don’t use it. It’s when a app opens the thing that I know instantly ‘must be the Chrome browser again’. Gonna try to freeze it with Tibu.

  • Tim242

    Still no full screen in Chrome : (

    • Steve B

      Do you mean hiding your status bar?

      • Tim242

        Yes. Every other browser that has full screen is really full screen, including Google’s own AOSP browser.

        • Steve B


  • NYAvsFan

    I want a way to “downgrade” back to gtalk. I hate hangouts. No way of telling if someone is logged in is just ludicrous. Sent a message to a friend this morning who was on and never received it. Had to log into gmail instead. So yeah IF they ever fix that, bring back the ability to be invisible and add sms AND mms support then I’ll use it. till then hangouts is useless.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Technically since online status isn’t shown, you’re always invisible 🙂
      I use it constantly with my wife, never have an issue between Chrome extension, GMail, G+, tablet & phone running simultaneously, and I have yet to miss any notifications.
      Honestly, I thought status was redundant when its always running on my phone & tablet. If I was available, I messaged back, otherwise I did it when I had a chance. I suppose that’s really close to text, but there are a bunch of people I have on GTalk that I just don’t talk to via text.
      So, while I feel bad for those who don’t like Hangouts, its kinda like anything else in tech. GTalk was not as scalable as their new Hangouts, so it got replaced as it was ultimately redundant with the rest of their messaging platforms, and redundancy is very wasteful.

      • RavnosCC

        So in order to see if someone was available you just messaged them all at once regardless of their status saying, “hey are you there?”

        That seems wasteful to me…

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          I honestly never looked at the status as 99.9% time it was “idle”, which was the default setting when their phone screen was off but they were signed in. Of course, I’m also not a terribly chatty person on text/instant messages. I much prefer voice/video and email for chatting since it is much more personal. /shrug

        • CoreRooted

          So, you have some indicator of when someone is available when you phone them or text them? How (and why) is chat any different from those mediums?

          • RavnosCC

            I wish I did, would save the trouble of bothering people when they don’t want/need to be bothered… that’s actually a great idea and I hope we get to that point and do away with SMS texting all together some day!

            Also you do a great service to me by pointing out the drawbacks and faults of traditional “texting”. Hence my preference for Gtalk over both phone and text. Options, customizations, preferences 😀

    • Michael

      go to your apps settings, uninstall updates, stop auto updating gtalk in the play store. whalaa

    • Steve B

      So….we’re still on this issue after all these months?

      If your contact’s picture is colored, they’re online.

      If your contact’s picture is grey, they’re offline.

      • RavnosCC

        What happens when your contacts pictures is black and white to begin with… not just talking about my own, I have several contacts that use black and white photos.

        • Steve B

          I’ve got a couple of those and you can tell because they’re faded.

          I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan. I’d prefer they brought back the red/green indicators. They could easily incorporate it into the new design and have it look awesome.

          • RavnosCC

            Indeed they should, if your contact picture here on d-life was on my list, I’d be hard-pressed to tell if it was “faded” or just artsy… :-/

          • Steve B

            No doubt. Hopefully Google is hearing some of our concerns. Their reviews on Google Play are getting slammed with this very issue.

    • Tomek G

      I downgraded through recovery install of zip file with gtalk. Hangouts is awful. I don’t care about emoticons and crap like that. I want REAL-TIME chat client. Online status is good, if somebody is online, I can expect some kind of response, if they are idle or busy, I may think of different strategy. Plus I have a nicely sorted buddy list by STATUS, not some arbitrary order of ALL people I ever contacted

  • Lakerzz

    Still can’t pinch and zoom with pictures sent/ received in Hangouts. Ugh! Also still no text reflow/ wrap in Chrome, double ugh!! (Ugh-ugh!!)

    • bboyairwreck

      YEAH! thats annoying as hell. It makes no sense. And an Android developer, it literally just takes one line of code to implement pinch to zoom on an image view. And google dont even what to do this -_-. Same logic as the iOS app as well

    • Chris Hannan

      I don’t understand the appeal of text reflow. I’ve hated that for years on Android.

      • Lakerzz

        I just like being able to zoom in and the text automatically fits the screen so you don’t have to keep scrolling side to side just to read a paragraph.

        • Chris Hannan

          I just double tap on a body of text that I want to read and have it zoom in to just that section. I’m fine with that because it’s never been too small to read. Text reflow just looks tacky to me. It does make things easier to read on smaller, lower res screens, but I just don’t like it.

          • Lakerzz

            Or at least make it an option would be nice. I agree except I’m older now and don’t want to grab reading glasses, haha!!

          • Chris Hannan

            Ah okay. Well I can see the appeal for you. Lol

    • Fatty Bunter

      Also – GIF support please!

      • Lakerzz

        Yes! I forgot about that!

  • In reply to the ‘long live gtalk-ers’

    Maybe I’m getting old…but logging into a chat client and only talking with people who are also logged into that chat client is not an appealing concept to me. That’s something I did back in middle school when I was still using a 28k modem…

    • Justin W

      That’s why I want SMS/MMS through Hangouts. I can see using IM services, but right now, no one around me uses Hangouts (or any other IM service for that matter), so I can’t really use that.

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    • Justin W

      Your room-mate’s mom what?

      • Weber

        She hours.
        If you need to know more, make sure to click on the link above 😉

        • chris420o


  • bboyairwreck

    We want SMS support!! After Google I/O, they said it was coming soon! RAWRRR HULK SMASH i really shouldnt be surprised here about this slow feature update =/

    • Justin W

      I’m guessing this will come with KLP this fall. Maybe not the “soon” you were thinking, but it’s sooner than next year some time I guess.

      • chris420o

        thats a nice thought….imessage is really the only thing about iphones im envious of…one thing they really hit on the head…they copy everything froma ndroid why cant google copy this from them nobody wants to use an app like hangouts to talk to the 5 people who will actually have n use it out of the 50 people they keep in contact with

    • Blue Sun

      I bet you didn’t expect Verizon update speed, eh?

      • bboyairwreck

        lollll. Yeah i know right? But I do wonder if carriers are getting in the way of implementing this feature. I know Apple has iMessage but Verizon doesnt necessarily like Google and vice versa.

        • Lincoln Daniel

          I could swear Google and Verizon were cool, have you not seen the whole Motorola line…?

        • Steve B

          I don’t think the carriers are the issue here. I think the issue is Google implementing this in a way to avoid getting sued by Apple. I’m sure adding SMS sounds easy enough, but if it was I’m sure we would have seen it by now.

          My honest hope is that SMS integration will come via Key Lime Pie and the death of the Messaging app.

    • deadpenguins

      I thought they retracted that statement shortly afterwards?

    • Steve B

      We all want it, but Google didn’t promise anything. In their Hangouts help forum, the SMS question was asked and all they said was they were looking into adding it at some point in the future. That’s all.

  • Gnex

    Is Chrome still a laggy, battery draining garbage browser? Yes. The answer is yes.

    • Justin W

      Are you using it on a GNex? I didn’t have this issue on my Nexus 4 or HTC One (my Bionic, though, was laggier than crap).

      • Gnex

        It’s not as laggy on the newer handsets, but it’s still more battery intensive than Dolphin or AOSP.

        • Fred

          Correct. Chrome works very well on my new Maxx, but it was terrible on my Thunderbolt.

      • Lawrence_Hart

        I can’t even use it on my Gnex. It takes minutes to open and load new pages. I have reverted to the “stock” browser because it actually works.

        • Mike

          Works flawlessly on my S3.

          • jzwerlz43

            same here. i have no problems with chrome on my s3. i love it as my primary web browser

        • SkylaC90

          I have absolutely no problems with Chrome on my Gnex, it’s fast smooth and rarely does it ever lag, I’m thinking you’re just a troll.

          • Lawrence_Hart

            I happy that your phone doesn’t have issues. I curious, why me having issues makes me a troll?

          • Higher_Ground

            It doesn’t, and from the number of people complaining, you aren’t the only one.
            And it’s not just lag opening and closing. It’s lag switching between tabs. It’s lag when waiting for my bookmarks to appear.

          • SkylaC90

            it’s not the issues it’s the way you expressed them, plus i was bored that night so you my friend were being trolled by me. muhahahahahaha!

        • panicswhenubered

          On your Gnex, go to Settings>Apps>All, then disable “Search Applications Provider”. Chrome will be super fast like the stock browser after that. At least that’s been my experience. Warning: You will lose the ability to use unified search in the Google Search app and on Chrome for searching content that’s already on your phone. If you can’t live without this, then re-enable it.

        • Ryan Stewart

          It worked fine on my GNex (Im now on the N4 though) and its still the main browser on my coworkers Verizon GNex.

    • Steve B

      It really depends on your hardware. Chrome is great on my GS3, but it’s a nearly unusable turd on my Nexus 7 (2012).

    • Mikey B

      Chrome is one of the laggiest apps on my Gnex. (The only app that sucks more is Facebook, but that’s not installed.)

  • evol1knobi

    Got the update. “New emojis. Added some butter to hangouts to make it run faster and slicker and bug fixes”

    • brkshr

      That’s the change log from the last update

      • evol1knobi

        Yeah it is, but it updated my hangouts apk. Change log wasn’t updated.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I love hangouts. I don’t care to know who’s online, they’ll get my message eventually. I really want mms, sms would be nice for the sake of having everything in 1 app. But this update has none of that.

    If you know somebody without a gmail, please help them. It’s 1 account for 20+ services. It only makes sense. (unless they’re one of those “omg nsa gunna get me” people)

    • Fatty Bunter

      ” I don’t care to know who’s online, they’ll get my message eventually”
      What if you want them to get it right now?

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        then i’ll give them a call. Say there is a way to tell if people are online and u do want them to get the message right away. If the person is offline, what do you do? wait for them to get online?

        • Fatty Bunter

          Well, then I’d use a text instead.

          • wadexyz

            Ha, yes. Of course you’d leave a txt. Why don’t people get that? Hangouts blows.

  • Adamania

    Any idea when video chat will work with Hangouts on AT&T?

    • brkshr

      There’s a work around for that on XDA somewhere. I used to have the link bookmarked, but it appears I got rid of it. Otherwise, AT&T would be the one that would enable this feature for us.

      • Adamania

        Gotcha. I’ll try to look for it. Thanks!

        • brkshr


          …that was an easy search

          Edit: it’s the same instructions that were on xda

          • Adamania

            Yep, I found it too. I’m not rooted though.

          • brkshr

            Ah, that sucks. Sorry, I just assumed…

          • Adamania

            Lol! No worries. I just haven’t gotten around to it.

    • justjmatt

      I don’t know if it’s just my phone (AT&T Note II, stock unrooted), but I can confirm that hangouts over mobile data is possible.

  • vonbane

    Android Central article says only things noticeable so far are speed improvements and more emojis.

  • StargateNH

    This new staggered roll-out plan of Google’s is frustrating. I see articles like this online then check Play and I have to wait a day or 2. Patience…………

    • Justin W

      ……….. Is a virtue?

      I dislike the roll-out feature, but I feel it’s beneficial for the developers to know their app isn’t blowing a phone up or doesn’t have a monstrous bug that they missed. I think they need a “beta-tester” option or something of the like that allows hard-core users to receive all staged roll-out updates immediately rather than in one of the later stages.

      • StargateNH

        …which I do not have 😉

        • Justin W

          Same :/

          I usually get the .apk from AP or here depending on who has it and when.

      • antinorm

        There is a beta program that lets you do just this. You have to join a Google Group for participating applications to get beta access to that project. For instance, instructions for gaining access to Facebook’s Android beta are at http://on.fb.me/1aiWVlk

    • Tim242

      The apk is always posted here, or on Android Police.

    • Steve B

      Yeesh. Google’s rollout is truly frustrating for forum dwellers like us who like to be on the bleeding edge.

      What I wish they would do is allow you to actually go in and manually pull the update if you so choose. Otherwise keep you on the staggered roll out like the other 98% of Android users. I seriously doubt our small % would effect their servers.

  • Kyle S.

    Its sad, because I used GTalk a majority of the time. And since hangouts came out, I’ve only used text.

    • Colin Huber

      Isn’t it the same thing still? Just looks different?

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Doesn’t function the same way harder to just simply tell who is online now I have a bunch of random people…. I just stopped using it

        • Kyle S.

          exactly. If I want to send someone a message that they’ll get at some point, I’ll send a text. If I want to chat with someone who is online I used GTalk… now I cant see if people are online, so there is no point to use it.

    • Gtalk_Yay!

      I uninstalled hangouts and unchecked auto update.
      Got a notification requesting me to approve the hangouts update today… swiped it away… Long live GTalk!

      • brkshr

        Until you update to Android 4.3.

        • SubMatrix

          I managed to get Talk working on my nexus 7 running 4.3 and hangouts uninstalled 🙂

  • Godzilla

    Wont use it or care about it until text messaging is supported

    • Tim242

      I use Google Voice for SMS through Gmail, instead of using the app. Works great.

      • Chris Hannan


        • Tim242

          In Google Voice settings in the browser, I set SMS to forward to Gmail. When I get a new message, it comes through immediately in gmail. I then reply from the email. It keeps the threads nice and neat in Gmail. I decided to go this route for two reasons. The Google Voice app is a bit buggy, and no reason to have the GV service running in the background when Gmail can handle it.

          • Chris Hannan

            Ah okay. Well I’ve never had an issue with the app and lately Gmail hasn’t been pushing notifications to my phone, so the app has been more reliable for me.

          • Guest

            Have you set it up to notify you for the new categories? The new app defaults to just notifying you of email that finds its way to your primary mailbox. Dig around in settings a little

          • Kie

            Have you set it up to notify you for the new categories? The new app
            defaults to just notifying you of email that finds its way to your
            primary mailbox. Dig around in settings a little.

          • Chris Hannan

            Wow. Thanks.

  • Wil Payne

    “Hangouts Changelog: ‘Now with full SMS and MMS support!'”
    -Alternate universe where life is fair

      • michael arazan

        I think he could fix that with his sonic screwdriver

    • Ryan Stewart

      I cant believe, with all of the awesomeness they have bestowed on applications and services that are even less popular than Google Voice they havent done anything to that service or app in years.

      It seems like it would take so little to have a viable iMessage alternative since they already have both sides covered. Adding MMS is the only real hitch (which could be forwarded to GMail for all I care).

  • Tyler Durden

    I just want full screen.

    • Tim242

      Me Too!!!!

  • Greg Morgan

    I’m really hoping for SMS with hangouts soon. Maybe this is it….

    • TeeJay1100

      I think they will soon. I really want to get rid of these tablet sms apps too and use only hangouts for sms, mms, and everything else syncing across all devices.

  • Jason Downing

    Updates = Awesome… No changelog = More work to figure out what’s different.

    Less chance of placebo effect though.