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Google+ Hangouts gets first update, seems to add Nexus 7 support

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Google+ Hangouts gets first update, seems to add Nexus 7 support
Last night, Google+ Hangouts received its first update through Google Play in its short life. Unfortunately, Google didn't see fit to include a changelog with the update, so we don't know exactly what changes were made. But, we've asked around and it looks as though the update has added support for the Nexus 7 at the very least.

When Google first released Hangouts, a number of users, including those with 7" tablets, found that visiting the app page in the Play Store didn't give an option to install or even update, but rather gave an "Open" button that simply opened the old Talk app. Google made a note in the Play Store listing that this was because the app was being slowly rolled out to various devices, and promised that "Hangouts will be available soon for all Android 2.3+ devices, tablets included!"

Last night, at around 10PM EST or so, an update to Hangouts hit Google Play, and with it, we were able to install the app onto our Nexus 7 tablet. We've asked around in various places and it sounds like the update has brought Nexus 7 support to Hangouts, at least in the US. We haven't been able to confirm support for any other 7" tablets, so if you can confirm that, please let us know in the comments.

If you want to see if Hangouts is available for your device yet, just head to the Google Play Store. (Pro tip: using the web store tends to yield better results than using the Play Store app on your device.)

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posted on 17 May 2013, 08:22 1

1. pellegrini (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


I was surprised when I read on my Nexus 7 "Your device is not compatible...", really google?
Anyway, last night everything was fine when I saw it on my update list!

posted on 17 May 2013, 08:55

2. tadaa (Posts: 251; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


Yup, installed it earlier today on my tablet

posted on 17 May 2013, 09:04 1

3. marbovo (Posts: 656; Member since: 16 May 2013)


I did'nt like it, it show every single contact I have on my phone(facebook, yahoo, google...) If is have send a mail to a person one single time he will be on the list unless I erase it from my mail concatct list and to get worse I could not find a way to sort people by on line status...

posted on 17 May 2013, 10:12 1

4. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 635; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Figure out how to use it before complaining about it, then if you can't ask for help. I still don't have it and I'm using the Droid DNA still running 4.1.1 HTC are complete jackasses with this bloody stupid and memory hog that is Sense and Verizon adds to that jackassery with their line up of bloat. My sister on her GS3 on Verizon has her Hangout's working as does my girlfriend on Tmobile GS3, what the hell is the deal with that weirdness?

posted on 17 May 2013, 18:11

5. buccob (Posts: 1494; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Well I have been using it all day to see if it grows on me... but to be honest I do not like the contact list either...

And GTalk was way better showing you which contacts were online and offline...

Also, I liked the funny faces and effects that were in GTalk Video Call.. even if it wasn't useful I made some people laugh including my baby boy...

I have to admit that video calls seems a tad better... stable but you have to remember to hang up the call either way it will still run latently

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