Hangouts v2 replaces Messaging on Android, adds GIF and location sharing

Hangouts v2 replaces Messaging on Android, adds GIF and location sharing
Google unveiled Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5 today, and probably the biggest change to the platform is that the messaging app is now completely gone and replaced with Hangouts version 2.0.

This means that all your SMS text messages and MMS will appear in the Hangouts app along with chats and actual video hangouts. The SMS and MMS integration will work with any phone running on Android 4.0 and up and you can both send and receive texts via the app, and reply right there as well of course. Group texts are also supported and you can text emoji as well.

Not just that, but Google has added a neat and simple way to quickly share your location via Hangouts. Plus, you can send animated GIFs so none of your friends can miss your cat’s latest endeavors. Finally, you can also set your status so friends know about what mood you’re in.

All of this comes with a few improvements in quickness and stability, and you can take a look at how it all looks right below.


source: Randall Sarafa

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14 Comments

1. maxkobi

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

do we have the apk yet?

7. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Normal People will be much confused with this move !!

14. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

2. scotty0717

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

Yes, does anyone have a .apk for this yet!? were chomping at the bit.

4. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

I was looking no download yet but I found this. http://www.android.com/versions/kit-kat-4-4/

3. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

I want so bad!!!!

5. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

Yes I want to finally get only one app for the texting

6. GeekMovement unregistered

Looks great, I'm excited for this. Would be nice if they can clean up the appearance more to make it look more simple, clean, and sophisticated. Or customizing options would be great if it's not already on there. Haven't used hangouts before so I'm really curious!

8. julz17ronald

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

will it be immediately available? For the first time, I have opened hangouts to give it a try.

9. MrsPotatoHead

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Does anybody know if this work with Google voice, my honey use Google voice a lot for voice and messages instead of using his phone number.

10. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

I hate google+ and how the app is integrated

11. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Does anyone know if it will use IM if two people are on a Google account on just their Android phone or do you NEED a Google+ profile set up. Maybe when everyone gets Hangouts they will prompt with something to make it so they have both IM and SMS. Because if someone else is using an Android phone it would be awesome if it could do IM versus SMS.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Why on earth would google do this? It makes more sense to keep the messaging app separate because some people don't use hangouts. Some people just prefer to text the usual way.

13. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Although I think you have a valid point, I think your point also is the answer to your question. They want people to get and more comfortable with Google+. Many people have moved away from SMS in favor of chat services like Kik, Whatsapp, line and others. Replacing that old boring text message app with Hangouts exposes users to not only Googles messaging service, but also their video chat, photo storage, and social media services too. And if it's going to be a native app on every Android phone, that means their total suscriber numbers jump every month . Sounds like a great plan, just hope the rollout is a lot smoother than BB.

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