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Google Hangouts Updates to V2.1.223 – Introduces Custom Sounds and Ringtones for Conversations (Updated)

Google Hangouts is receiving a new update today to version 2.1.223. The update, which is a jump from 2.1.100, appears to be pretty minor. So far, all I am seeing are a couple of new options in conversations that allow you set custom sounds for messages, as well as custom sounds for Hangouts calls. Otherwise, that is about it.

To see these new options, open a conversation, tap on the Menu button (“action overflow”), hit “People & options,” and then set your custom sounds. 

Seeing anything else?

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Update:  As a handful of readers noted in the comments, Google+ seems to no longer be attached to contacts. In the past, when you tapped on a contact card in a conversation, you were taken to their Google+ page. Now, Hangouts simply pops up their contact card. Odd or expected?

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  • yungqb7

    I just want to have “mom” and “dad” to appear as they do in my phonebook, not their actual full names Google. Guess I gotta stick with SMS for them until Google releases an update addressing that

  • Google Voice integration? No? Zero f*cks given then.

  • bionicwaffle

    I thought there was a battery drain fix on the way for Hangouts…does this update include that fix?

  • Lunkman

    Um, how come I’m not seeing the update? Is this a staggered roll out? Also, I’ve read that this should solve the battery drain issue…

  • Jared Hincy

    But still no support for ‘channel mods’ nor kicking or banning… all features of the now ancient IRC…

  • DougFunnie

    Had an issue with several group messages reappearing no matter how many times I deleted them. Seems to be resolved .

  • Any lockscreen SMS notifications yet? {{-_-}}

  • Colton

    Touching a contact’s photo doesn’t go straight to Google+ now, it brings up options to go to google+, contacts, etc

  • it is also syncing much faster now with mighty text and sending mms faster over wifi preferred (tmobile galaxy s4)

    • Somedude

      Apple is the best. Learn that

      • meh…

        • Somedude

          Check the awesome feature called continuity.

          You can receive and make calls using your ipad and mac as it was your iPhone.

          Apple is the best.

          • Been able to that on android for years. Next

          • Somedude

            LMFAO. obviously you didn’t understand it. Typical ignorant fandroid.

            On android you can receive your calls on a computer? Or in the tablet? NO!
            You can make calls using your computer or tablet? NO
            you can send a receive SMS text using your computer or tablet? NO

            you can continue with whatever you are doing, just by clicking once? NO

            investigate first! Android botgoat!

          • Obviously you are the ignorant one. Have a great night.

          • Somedude

            You are a very brainless person

            Apple ecosystem is the only one with something like continuity. Stop denying the truth android botgoat

          • You’re clueless brah.

          • yes u can…lol

  • Chad

    Hangouts?? Been disabled on my Moto X since day one! Useless!

    • ROB

      Using HELLO for a couple of months… Think I will be sticking with it for a while.

  • vero

    does anyone know what it means when the icon cell appears?

  • blakjakdavy

    When you click a contact’s image in the chat, it pops up the contact card now rather than taking you to their Google+ profile.

  • a) youth.in.asia


    Toggle for the smiley button and hard return key.

    LED notification color control

  • PSU_DI

    Is the phone icon new? I don’t remember it before

    • BlahJU

      That sowed up for me before, but only when I was talking to people who were in my contacts. Tapping it would just open the regular dialer. I’m really disappointed in the lack of Google Voice integration.

  • Techhen

    Most of my mms messages in group texts are unable to be downloaded, so that should be the priority

    • ben

      all of mine are the same 🙁

  • BC

    On the computer I can now answer Google voice calls again. Answers quickly like voice used to still a little slow but acceptable…. Last week answering calls didn’t work at all.

    Mobile side rarely use and would like MMS with gvoice #!

  • Boss As Hell

    Yay, no more 456 texts from T-Mobile!

  • Jason Kahn

    I still haven’t gotten the Maps update, I give in Sideloading from now on

  • krudl3rx

    One thing I dislike about Hangouts is that you cannot force the contact photo to be that of your contact in Contacts. And so if you merge, the contact now has whatever stupid picture they put in their Google+ profile for SMS and Hangouts.

  • Tony Byatt

    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


  • John Davids

    This is actually a super nice update. I have tons of friends who have yet to migrate to Hangouts because they like custom sounds for each of their contacts so they know who it is without having to look @ the phone. Solid update.

  • Dulan C. Swagwagon

    They need to update Google Play Services before this is of any use.

  • Ricky Blanco

    My sms/hangout merge has been broken for a few weeks now on my stock N5. No idea how to fix…

  • Is the SMS contact picture missing in the notification shade still a thing? I thought it was fixed a while back but it sporadically happens from time to time.

  • David Imel

    This is awesome. There was a post suggesting this on reddit like, 2 days ago. Seems like the devs tend to hang out there as well.

  • Kregstrong

    In SMS settings it days blocked numbers. How do you block sms on it? I know you can with the chat part but don’t know how with sms

  • droidftw

    I tried hangouts but none of my friends use anything but texting and iMessage. I went back to EvolveSMS as the features of Hangouts as a texting app are lacking.

  • LiiIiikEaBau5

    Just got 4.4.3 update here in Norway and thanks for Hangout update too!

    • EraserXIV

      Any improvements in battery drain?

      • LiiIiikEaBau5

        I don’t see any differences hehe 🙂

  • Hangouts has a ways to go in development but its a start.

    Google Wave (Closed Google Project) would have been an ideal solution for mobile, it could do photos, text, videos and more…..Does anyone remember Google Wave?

    • str4nger

      Is it possible to forget it?

    • Willie D

      Google Wave, the idea that combined GMail, Talk, Hangouts and Docs in one.

      • Master confucius

        Isn’t G+ the new Google Wave?

  • Kevin Choi

    Does this fix the sender unknown texts coming back after deleting this countless time?

  • Sam Del Valle

    You can block SMS numbers which is VERY handy

  • JSo

    Am I missing something? I thought you could already set custom sounds

    • Taylor00

      These are by contact I believe.

      • JSo

        Oh. So per contact notifications? That’s cool then.

        • yeah

          Something I had on my freaking blackberry storm circa 2009. How the ability to set a custom SMS/MMS sound per contact is not baked into the OS at this point is absurd. Sorry but this has been a major gripe for me since coming to android.

  • KB Smoka

    You think there will ever be an option to un hide a contact? Did it by accident and now I’m shot.

    • Jason Brian Chapa

      You can view and un-hide hidden contacts now.

  • Jason Brian Chapa

    Looks like you can block SMS numbers now.

  • picaso86

    What a good alternative beside Hangouts, Handcent, Stock, GoPro?

  • Jason Brian Chapa


    • It’s right there.

      • Jason Brian Chapa

        Ooops, it wasn’t obvious to me. 🙂

  • Dominic Powell

    Hangouts is messed up right now. SMS are not working at all for me.

    • justincabreira

      realized it hadn’t worked for me for about 12 hours. restarted my phone and messages poured in

  • cheezer88

    y’all are sitting here writing articles about ringtones, while i’m sitting here making calls with hangouts on my iPhone.

    • Hater 😛

      • cheezer88

        No hate over here, i got em both, Verizon Galaxy Nexus and ATT 4s.

        • JonathonFlores

          Still a hater

          • cheezer88

            DX winner, had it first 😛

    • BillySuede

      cool story, bro.

    • EraserXIV

      Thanks for being our guinea pig

  • Nex

    Does it fix battery drain issue?

    • duke69111

      That’s what I would like to know.

    • MH

      + 1

    • JSo

      What battery drain? Hangouts doesnt even show up in my battery settings.

    • James

      All I know is I/O better bring one hell of an update, cause this one is pretty puny. Google Voice integration already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Somedude

      iMessage is wayyy better than this. Apple is the best

      • a) youth.in.asia

        Ahhh… Your iGnorance is showing

        • Somedude

          iMessage is wayyy better. Admit apple is the best. Admit it.

          Besides, in the WWDC, apple release a BRAND NEW code language.

          So there you go. Owned

          • john kelley

            Yeah owned yet you can’t properly assemble a sentence you need an Ieducation

          • Somedude

            Apple is the best. English is not my first language.

            iOS is the superior system

          • john kelley

            You obviously have a secret love for Google and android since your on a website called Droid if u love apple so much go praise it on a apple specific website

          • Somedude

            I came here because I know some users of this website go and troll on apple website.

            I came here to destroy android botgoats

          • ERIFNOMI

            Yep, Apple is the best.

            BTW, I know a guy who knows a guy who works at Apple. He hates Swift.

            /Troll Food

          • Somedude

            Swift is an excellent new language.

            How can he hate it, if it’s only being in existence for 2 days?


            besides, developers will love swift

          • ERIFNOMI

            Seeing as he works for Apple as a dev, I imagine he’s played with it for a little while now.

            I think a lot of devs won’t love it considering it’s just Objective-C with new syntax and the only OS to support it is iOS. If you’re going to pick a language to learn, Objective-C would be more useful than Swift.

            But go ahead and keep trolling.

          • Somedude

            Let’s see how many developers use swift. Time will prove if swift is accepted or not.

            I bet it will be accepted. It’s obvious. It’s a better language than objective c.

            And given the fact iOS is the most profitable system for app developers, I am sure they will use the best language to develop the best possible apps.

            Poor android users doesn’t get the same support for dev. And doesn’t have anything like continuity.

            Go apple! Go apple!

    • ITCanWork
      • Confucius

        That’s 2.1.076 this is 2.1.233

    • nope

    • jamisles02

      I don’t think so. When I saw the update come out, I used this all day to text once I set my custom notifications, but after 6hours, I was down to 30%, which is VERY bad. Went back to the stock S4 text app until this is fixed.

  • Ray

    But still cant send a video

    • T4rd

      Or a sound clip, or anything besides a pic. Just realized that yesterday when I wanted to send someone a funny notification tone.

      • Ray

        Yep it is really lacking compared to any other messenger app whatsapp,bbm,fb messenger

        • Ken Bosse

          I just noticed today you can’t sent a slideshow. Lame.