Google Hangouts v2 for iOS gets an iOS 7 redesign and iPad support

Google Hangouts v2 for iOS gets an iOS 7 redesign and iPad support
Every week, there are new app updates from Google, and most are little more than bug fixes and minor updates. But, this week Google has already pushed out an impressive app update that added a number of features to the Photos section of the Google+ app for Android, and now we're getting a major redesign of the Hangouts app for iOS.

The update brings Hangouts to version 2.0. The redesign is one that was expected, and makes Hangouts look more at home with the new iOS 7 UI. The app is flatter and layered. Also the redesign has added full iPad support for the app. In addition to the visual update, iOS users can now use emoticon stickers to convey how they are feeling. 

Users can also send a map of their current location, to make it easier for meetups and such. The last piece of the update is an interesting one: video messaging. Of course Hangouts has always had video chat, but now you can record and send short videos up to ten seconds. That's a pretty nice feature, and quite interesting because it is a feature that is exclusive to the iOS version of the app right now. We assume that video messaging will come to Android soon though. 


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12 Comments

1. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

A little messed up that video messaging came to the iOS version before the Android version.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

No doubt, android has some issues with delivery.

4. Sauce unregistered

It is, because no one gives a flying F*** about hangouts on iOS.

5. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Does anyone care on any platform? I make the old stock Messaging app the messaging app on my 4.4.2 devices because Hangouts is junk.

7. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

I use hangouts and so do a lot of my friends. Including those w an iPhone

8. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Its probably bc it takes more time to optime the app for a wider range of phones. If they were to release it too early w bugs people would 1 star the app and drop it

2. jorell1019

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

can we put wallpaper pls?.. its really boring

6. lilg29

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

What they need to fix is how hangouts doesn't send SMS when you want it to. You might have full bars, LTE the whole thing and it still won't send.

9. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Agreed. MMS is absolutely awful too and never seems to send on any Android device I have. iPhone always sent SMS/MMS fine.

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Never had any issues with SMS/MMS on any of my Android devices.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I like that Google supports iOS with frequent updates of its apps, but still wont even give MS YouTube for their phone. I'm sorry, I just find that too funny.

11. sanjay87

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

better to buy an IOS device than android, as Google also updates apps on IOS first

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