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Hangouts v14 for Android rolling out: new group chat setup and more

The new group chat setup flow lets you create a group chat with only yourself to start - that lets you then add group members using the "join by link" option.

When the group members "join by link" that gives you, the group chat creator, control over adding and removing new group members.

More about Hangouts v14 at +Android Police
http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/11/01/hangouts-v14-adds-app-shortcuts-for-7-1-nougat-changes-setup-steps-for-group-chat-and-reorganizes-several-chat-settings-apk-download/

More information about creating group chats and the "join by link" option:

https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/3111943

Earlier this year Google's VP of Communications, Nick Fox, declared Hangouts would be refocused on the enterprise market where it had found much more adopt... by Cody Toombs in Applications, Downloads, News
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+Richard Clarkson the other updates to Hangouts will be there even if you don't have Nougat (one update is Android 7.1 specific)
 
Unfortunately people are seeing a (reported, tracked) bug in Hangouts v14, wherein the contact name of the sender is duplicated in the message notification. Hope it's fixed soon.
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