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Hangouts v2 replaces Messaging on Android, adds GIF and location sharing

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Hangouts v2 replaces Messaging on Android, adds GIF and location sharing
Google unveiled Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5 today, and probably the biggest change to the platform is that the messaging app is now completely gone and replaced with Hangouts version 2.0.

This means that all your SMS text messages and MMS will appear in the Hangouts app along with chats and actual video hangouts. The SMS and MMS integration will work with any phone running on Android 4.0 and up and you can both send and receive texts via the app, and reply right there as well of course. Group texts are also supported and you can text emoji as well.

Not just that, but Google has added a neat and simple way to quickly share your location via Hangouts. Plus, you can send animated GIFs so none of your friends can miss your cat’s latest endeavors. Finally, you can also set your status so friends know about what mood you’re in.

All of this comes with a few improvements in quickness and stability, and you can take a look at how it all looks right below.


source: Randall Sarafa

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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:02 6

1. maxkobi (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


do we have the apk yet?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 18:48 3

7. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 216; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Normal People will be much confused with this move !!

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 01:19 1

14. naveenstuns (Posts: 157; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


http://phandroid.com/2013/10/31/hangouts-v2-download/

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:38 1

2. scotty0717 (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)


Yes, does anyone have a .apk for this yet!? were chomping at the bit.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 17:21 1

4. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)


I was looking no download yet but I found this.

http://www.android.com/versions/kit-kat-4-4/

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 17:14

3. N.Reynolds (Posts: 254; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


I want so bad!!!!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 18:12

5. bwhiting (Posts: 146; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


Yes I want to finally get only one app for the texting

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 18:40

6. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Looks great, I'm excited for this. Would be nice if they can clean up the appearance more to make it look more simple, clean, and sophisticated. Or customizing options would be great if it's not already on there. Haven't used hangouts before so I'm really curious!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:28

8. julz17ronald (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


will it be immediately available? For the first time, I have opened hangouts to give it a try.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 20:20

9. MrsPotatoHead (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Does anybody know if this work with Google voice, my honey use Google voice a lot for voice and messages instead of using his phone number.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:54

10. Jklaz (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


I hate google+ and how the app is integrated

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 22:10

11. datsyuk (Posts: 152; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


Does anyone know if it will use IM if two people are on a Google account on just their Android phone or do you NEED a Google+ profile set up. Maybe when everyone gets Hangouts they will prompt with something to make it so they have both IM and SMS. Because if someone else is using an Android phone it would be awesome if it could do IM versus SMS.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 22:40

12. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Why on earth would google do this? It makes more sense to keep the messaging app separate because some people don't use hangouts. Some people just prefer to text the usual way.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 23:11 3

13. Whateverman (Posts: 3160; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Although I think you have a valid point, I think your point also is the answer to your question. They want people to get and more comfortable with Google+. Many people have moved away from SMS in favor of chat services like Kik, Whatsapp, line and others. Replacing that old boring text message app with Hangouts exposes users to not only Googles messaging service, but also their video chat, photo storage, and social media services too. And if it's going to be a native app on every Android phone, that means their total suscriber numbers jump every month . Sounds like a great plan, just hope the rollout is a lot smoother than BB.

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