New, Simplified Invitation Settings are Rolling Out to Hangouts

Googler Jordanna Chord announced via G+ yesterday that they are rolling out new invitation settings to Hangouts over the next day or so. These new settings should “make it easier for folks to communicate,” but from what we can tell, they are really just a simplified version of the current settings. That will surely help making communication easier, but it will hopefully make controlling your settings less of a pain.  (more…)

Google Messenger, Google’s Good Messaging App, Got New Features Today

Google’s Messenger application, the messaging app with an modern UI that they actually update regularly with awesome features (looking at you, Hangouts), received an update today that, well, introduces awesome new features. In the update, which drops in as v1.4.044, you will find stickers (plus sticker pack add-ons) and the ability to share your location.  (more…)

Hangouts on iOS Just Got Updated to V4.0 – Bring on the Android Version (Updated)

A couple of weeks ago, we saw Hangouts version 4.0 leak for Android as a completely revamped application in terms of user experience. We still haven’t seen the update arrive on our favorite mobile platform, but it did hit iOS this afternoon. Actually, v4.0 that looks almost identical to that Android leak showed up on our iPhone 6, giving us all sorts of hope that the Android version isn’t far behind.

Below, you will see a series of screenshots from the application that should look quite familiar if you saw that v4.0 leak for Android.  (more…)

Hangouts 4.0 Leaks, May be the Major UI Update We Have All Been Waiting For

Google Hangouts, one of the most disappointing and frustrating apps of Google’s to use over the years, might finally be getting the UI overhaul we have all been waiting for. According to Android Police, who claims to have received Hangouts v4.0 a wee bit earlier than Google more than likely had hoped, the new user interface is quite improved. After looking at the screenshots they grabbed of the app, I would tend to agree.  (more…)

Google Wants Your Thoughts on Google Voice in This Survey to Help Them “Prioritize Features”

Over two years ago now, Google told us that Hangouts was the future of Google Voice. I don’t know what kind of future they envisioned at that time, but Google Voice is still functioning today almost exactly as it was then – as is Hangouts. Now we also have Project Fi added to the whole equation, so the “future” is still mostly uncertain for one of Google’s services that is arguably one of its most innovative, even if the company has neglected it for years.  (more…)