Hangouts 4.0 arrives to iOS first! Material Design and stickers in tow

Hangouts 4.0 arrives to iOS first! Material Design and stickers in tow
Earlier this month, we caught wind of a Google Hangouts update leak, which showed a cosmetic overhaul to be en route to Google's underappreciated chat app. The update is dubbed Hangouts 4.0 – an upgrade from 3.3 – and brings more material design in the form of a floating active button, sandwich menu, and the general flatness that we've come to expect.

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.

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15 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Probably coz Google needs to work a lot to fix the lag issues with Hangouts on Android.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol good to know you're still stuck in 2010. Regardless, it is likely because they want to entice iOS users asap where as they have most of the Android users already on it. Plus there are a lot of major Android devices to test on vs about 4 iOS devices. Also, really good to know that PA is still pushing the juvenile angle by trying to instigate a fight between idiots like tech2 and those who are willing to take the bait. Attracting incompetent users over the more long term stable types must be working out well for them seeing as how they now need 30 ads per page to keep up revenues.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

"Also, really good to know that PA is still pushing the juvenile angle by trying to instigate a fight between idiots like tech2 and those who are willing to take the bait. Attracting incompetent users over the more long term stable types must be working out well for them seeing as how they now need 30 ads per page to keep up revenues." - If you find yourself unsatisfied with any information obtained on this forum, simply returned the unused portions for a full refund. We apologize for any inconvenience.

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Hold on buddy dont piss your pants already ! My apologies I tried criticizing thou holy Google. I am just sharing my experience of its lagging and stuttering Hangout app. Its just plain awful. If you can't digest then not my problem. Also, just go to Playstore and look the first four comments/reviews on Hangouts, two have 1 star and other two have 2 stars. In case, you're too lazy or busy trolling here, just click here:http://imgur.com/uR2Gnpu Are you gonna tell me they are from 2010 as well ? hmm ? Get real. As much as I like Google they are far from perfect and they aren't going to be one if people like you can't take a criticism. Come back when you actually have a point and PA isn't forcing you to click, read, comment or even troll. Get lost if you have a problem, simplessss! Lastly, no need to call people idiot just because they stated their opinion. Get a girlfriend or something no need to vent your frustration by raging on tech forums. PS. If you criticizing PA of bait article then your 2nd comment itself on that article with raging on android vs iOS isn't really helping. You are the first one to take the b8 m8.

15. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

agreed.. i stopped using hangout because the lag and data cap. Ive resorted back to messager which does well on my N6

3. RajRicardo

Posts: 502; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Now i know why they call it 'Hang'outs :P :D

12. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Or because google does not make money on android, but on their services, regardless in which OS.

14. waddup121 unregistered

Great news.

4. Iodine

Posts: 1497; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

While it's really ugly that google wants to push it's own privacy killing material design, it also copies the design philosophy of iOS 7 so it shouldn't be that much of a eyepain when using the Apple iPhone.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Material Design copy of iOS 7? iOS 7 was a copy of Google's Holo, WebOS (WebOS was designed by Matias Duarte who now works at Google), and MS' Windows 7 and Metro e.g.http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/06/cupertinos-photocopiers-what-ios-7-borrowed-from-android/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrM25jqhXdA And that's just iOS 7, iOS 8/9 copy even more That being said, everyone copies, its no big deal

9. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Irony is while you call everyone iHater you hate on Android. So tell me, what that makes you then?

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I use Hangout along with Facebook Messenger, What's app, WeChat. Different region of people has their own preferences.Not a big issue for me.

8. gaming64 unregistered

Basically Google is trying to reunite every OS.

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Its Google not Captain Planet. MS is laughing.

13. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

They should have chosen iOS's design language.

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