Google Hangouts for Android updated with merged conversations and more

Google Hangouts for Android updated with merged conversations and more
When Google first added SMS support to Hangouts, there was something of a mixed reaction to the feature. The main issue was that it was a bit clunky and confusing, because unlike iMessage, Hangouts kept SMS separate from instant message chats. Google has finally fixed that issue with a new update for the Hangouts app that merges conversations into a single stream.

This means that whether you are chatting or conversing via SMS, it will be in the same space for each contact. In your contacts list, it will show either an SMS icon or a Hangouts chat bubble icon, and the same will be found to the left of the text input field, so you can easily switch between the two. And, if you don't like the new merged view, you can change your settings to have the conversations split apart. 

There is more in the update as well. The contacts list has been simplified to organize people between Hangouts contacts and SMS, which should make it easier to find the people you want (if you're not using the search box). Even better, there is a new homescreen widget to make it easier to jump into a specific conversation. The widget is resizeable and scrollable as well. 

Other than all that, there are the general performance improvements, bug, and security fixes. The rollout of the update has begun, so you should be seeing it hit your device within the next couple days at the latest. 


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7 Comments

1. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Using evolve sms.

2. iqjumpuw

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I like hangouts but it is a bit buggy...

7. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

yeah i agree.. i should clearly show whos onl9 who is not...and sometime it shows me onl9 while i am not..video callng is superb though...

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Whenever I want to pass along something directly to the NSA I use Hangouts.

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Hangouts is as secure as any other messaging app. If NSA wants to spy you, you'll be spied, whatever platform/app you use.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I scooped apk, nice update but still needs a little work to complete it.

6. paulislegend

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

i want my contacts first in the list...not suggestions, or people i hangout with.

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