Hangouts 4.0 arrives to iOS first! Material Design and stickers in tow15
Today is the day that Hangouts 4.0 finally hits user devices for the first time. “Why isn't it on my Play Store yet?” you may ask. Well, surprisingly, the first place that the new update is available on is none other than iOS's App Store. That's right – you may be the proud owner of a Nexus 6, yet the newest iteration of Google's proprietary chat app will land on iPhones first.
On to the specifics, Hangouts 4.0 brings a nice taste of Material Design to iOS. The app was quite flat beforehand, too, in line with iOS 7's aesthetics, but now brings the signature “sandwich” menu in the top-left, and a floating “new message” button. The latter is not to be mistaken with an “active” button, which displays a number of actions when tapped – the iOS version of the app lacks that functionality, while the Android one will, reportedly, have it.
Another big thing to hit Hangouts is stickers! Well, we are not sure how excited one would be about those, but fact is that most chat apps out there do have some type of supersized smileys, and Hangouts was definitely falling behind in that field. Will it be enough to draw more users to the app? Probably not on its own, but it shows that Google is willing to keep up with the competitors in order to put its chat app out there.