This is what Hangouts will look like with more Material design

This is what Hangouts will look like with more Material design
All of the Google apps have been undergoing the Material design makeover recently, but some have been going at a much slower pace than others. It took a few updates for Chrome to get the new UI all the way through, but many of the Play content apps got the update in one shot. Hangouts has been on the slower end, and we're getting a look at the next update that will bring more Material design.

Android Police got their hands on an unreleased version of Hangouts, and it gives a glimpse at the changes that Google is working on with the UI. As you can see below (the old Hangouts app is on the left, the new version on the right), we're not talking about huge changes. The usual hallmarks of Material design are there, with the title bar color (which has been darkened a bit) extending to the system bar at the top. The hamburger menu icon has been shifted out, so it is fully visible; and, the hamburger menu itself has the account dropdown, and the menu now extends to the top of the display. 

One disconcerting change is that the contacts list once again doesn't show whether or not your contacts are online. This was a major omission from the original version of Hangouts that took Google far too long to bring back; so, we're hoping that isn't going to be the case here. The "mood" setting option also appears missing, so again, we're hoping that all this will be back for the proper release of this update.

(as noted, the old Hangouts is on the left, and the new version on the right)


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18 Comments

1. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

They should incorporate the dialing app into the official app It's too clumsy having two separate apps that should have been one when they add the calling function

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No. They tried that with messenger and hangouts but that didn't last

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The dailer is in the official app, but you need the dialer app to activate it And if you uninstall the dialer app it deactivates it from the official app

17. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

And let it be the default dialer too.

4. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Hangouts it's laggy even on lollipop (GS5 and Nexus 4). They need to redo the app from scratch.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

No lag for me (Lollipop a on Nexus 5) But the initial app opening time is slower than other apps (YouTube also has this issues for me)

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It lags on ICS Xperia S.

7. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

I use hang outs. But man its kinda ugly. Even made more material like... Still kkmda ugly.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Hang Out work like any other app on my note 3. I use it on a daily basis with my inner circle. Yesterday just receive a security firmware update from Samsung for my Note 3. Battery at 43% since two days ago friday. Waiting for it to discharge to 15% for a battery swap.

10. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

I wish I kept my Note 3.

9. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I never use hangout , never like it.

11. Elfmonster unregistered

Hangouts still exists?

12. Elfmonster unregistered

Maybe it could be more green.

13. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

i dont like the name "material design", it doesnt seem to make sense...

14. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Where's the FAB?

15. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

I like the new messenger app better.

16. Predator1701

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

I own a Nexus 4 and using android 5.0 and there is no lag in system or any app, just the opposite everything has gotten a lot smother especially gaming.

18. Blazers

Posts: 719; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Why no quick reply feature? This is the reason I refuse to use it as my primary SMS app.

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