Google Intros Dedicated Hangouts Webpage for Calls and Messages

Google now has a dedicated web URL for Hangouts users, with the service now residing at https://hangouts.google.com/. Here, you can access all of your chat information, start up new messages, find contacts, and place calls through the service.

It’s basically a glorified extension, something that already exists inside of Gmail and for Chrome Browser users, but hey, more choices!  (more…)

Question of the Day: Thoughts on Hangouts 4.0?

Now that you have spent a solid 24 hours with the new Hangouts 4.0, we want to know if it is all that you ever dreamed of in a messaging application. Or, did it at least address any number of issues you had with it to help give it some consideration in your daily life?

I feel like we had been talking about this version of Hangouts 4.0 for weeks upon weeks leading up to yesterday, thanks to an early Android sneak peek followed by the official release of 4.0 to iOS. We have really known what to expect, but it’s all a reality now. The newly polished Material Design exterior, the simpler conversation view with FAB, improved group messaging for Google Voice users, outbound caller ID in the Hangouts Dialer, voice actions support for Android Wear, etc. are all here. (more…)

Google Voice Group SMS Receiving Works in Hangouts 4.0, Composing Will “in a Future Release” (EDITED)

If you are a Google Voice user, then you have to be excited about the fact that you can now receive group SMS through Hangouts on Android, the web, and iOS. As Google Voice’s Alex Wiesen puts it, this has been a “top feature request for Google Voice users for years.” With that said, the entire process isn’t quite complete, even with today’s update.  (more…)

Hangouts 4.0 for Android Rolls Out Today! (Updated: APK)

Oh boy, Hangouts 4.0 is official and rolling out today on Android. Google decided that Monday morning would be a great time to announce the big news and we couldn’t agree more.

The update introduces Material Design to the app, makes it simpler with a FAB compose button,  allows you to attach pictures and stickers and fun things easier, and should be faster all around.   (more…)

Google Adds Easy Notes Exporting From Keep to Docs on Android, Slides Sharing in Hangouts

Google is issuing a couple of updates today that involves Google Keep and Docs, along with Google Slides and Hangouts.

The Google Keep update is simple in that Android users will now be able to easily export (copy) any notes to Google Docs with the touch of a button or two. The GIF above demonstrates this, in case you were wondering how it’ll work. Basically, long-press on a couple of notes to select multiple, then look for the action overflow menu in the top right corner. (more…)

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…)