Hangouts 7.0 brings quick replies, home screen shortcuts, and more

Hangouts 7.0 brings quick replies, home screen shortcuts, and more
It's a little bit early for Google's usual batch of Wednesday app updates, but it looks like the rollout of Hangouts version 7.0 has begun for Android users. As is usually the case, the update brings a few visual tweaks, but there are also some nice feature updates to go along with the fancy new version number, including quick replies and more.

The quick replies are added onto the pop-up notification that you'll see when a message comes in. So, when you get a notification for a new message, you can tap the reply button and compose something in an overlay on top of whatever you were doing on your device. Unfortunately, this reply option will only appear when there is one message unread. If you have multiple messages stacked up, you can't quick reply. 

Another nice new feature is the option to add shortcuts to Hangouts conversations to your home screen. In the overflow menu within the conversation, there will be a new option for "Save to Home screen", and then an icon for the contact associated with that conversation will land on your home screen for a quick way to jump right back in. 

Lastly, the update does appear to bring a pop-up message urging users to try out the Google Messenger app. There have been rumors that Google would be removing SMS functionality from Hangouts and forcing users over to Messenger. That isn't what's happening here, but it is a step towards that eventuality. 

The update is rolling out now to Android users so you should see it hit your device over the next few days. 


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10 Comments

1. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Looks like it'll work out like on Chromebook, I like it

2. Blest42188

Posts: 55; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

i dont understand what Google is doing. Why is it so hard to make an iMessage clone that works well? Back to having two separate apps? Google messenger and Hangouts. and still no real integration with Google Voice.

3. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

What do you mean by no real integration with Google Voice? I use Google voice via hangouts daily. I've been with Google Voice since the early days and find the hangouts experience feature wise to be far superior. Hangouts just needs to improve voicemail sorting imo, and sending new messages to multiple recipients.

6. Blest42188

Posts: 55; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

Yeah, maybe i worded that wrong but I feel like the GV intergration isnt complete.

10. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yes, and so do I. It would be a shame if Google moves forward with this plan. Hangouts is one of the few apps, which provides true integration of Android and iOS. I can start my sms on my Android phone, and receive replies on my iPad without skipping a beat. You can send all sort of files to all platforms with just one app.

4. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

What are you talking about. You can use google voice in every single app in android ecosystem. Wherever you can type text even in games you can use Google voice. Do you even use android?

7. Blest42188

Posts: 55; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

Stop lying. And of course I use android you got damn troll.

9. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

I think he's confusing Google Now/Google Voice search with the Google Voice text messaging system.

5. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hangouts was my choice of messaging app...but it's video calling is inferior compared to skype (on slow networks). So is international phone call quality inferior to skype. Google never fixed either issue.

8. tokuzumi

Posts: 1873; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Did the idiots at Google re-enable the homescreen widget? It was the most useful feature of hangouts, and the sole reason I won't update from 4.2.

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