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Google+ Hangouts v2 for Android: SMS, Location, GIFs & Status!
A couple days ago we announced we’re adding a bunch of new features to Hangouts for Android, including SMS support, location sharing, animated GIFs and more.  

Here’s a bit more on what we’ve added in Hangouts v2:

- SMS/MMS (Android 4.0+): send and receive text messages in Hangouts! No more chasing conversations across apps, texts will now appear in Hangouts and you can reply right there. We also let you import all of your existing text messages into the app, send/receive group texts and even text emoji to your friends on Android, iPhone, etc.  

- Animated GIFs: view and send GIFs in your Hangout, you can even send your Auto Awesomed photos (and kitten GIFs, of course). 

- Location: you can now quickly share your location into conversations.

- Device, in-call, mood status: share what device you’re using, whether you’re on a call, or your current mood. Status appears in conversations right alongside the “read up to here” indicator. 

There are also some general improvements we’ve made: it’s quicker to start new conversations, you can now attach photos from other sources like Google Drive, and we added some butter to make the app faster & smoother. 

Starting today, you can check out Hangouts v2 on #nexus5 , and over the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling it out to everyone on the Play Store. 

We’re pretty excited about this release (and hope you are too) so hang tight, and we’ll get it in your hands soon enough. Enjoy! 

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sooooo.............. are we getting Google Voice integration or not?
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New version of Hangouts for Android

Today we're updating Hangouts for Android, and it's got a lot of the improvements you've been asking for!

- You can see who's reachable right now on Hangouts. Green icons mean they are, and gray icons mean they aren't.

- It's easier to browse your contacts when starting a new Hangout. From top to bottom you'll now see 'People you Hangout with’, 'Suggested People', and 'Other Contacts'.

- Hangout invites are now located above your conversations so they're easier to find.

- Aaaand... you can hide people from the New Hangout screen by pressing on their name for a few seconds and touching 'Hide contact.'

The update is rolling out on Google Play over the next few days (v1.2, http://goo.gl/6Sv8V), so give it a try and let us know what you think! #googleplusupdate
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Nexus 5 FTW :-). 
 
Here's a Halloween treat: Today we're unwrapping KitKat (Android 4.4)—which delivers a smarter, more immersive Android experience to more people—and we're introducing the new Nexus 5 developed with LG, which is available today on +Google Play in 10 countries, and coming soon to retail stores. Find out more on our blog: http://g.co/vbej 

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Google+ Hangouts for iOS: phone calls, animated GIFs, and more

Today we're updating Google+ Hangouts for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The new app includes the recent Android improvements (http://goo.gl/gd3By1), as well as some new goodies for iOS:

- You can now make calls to phones from the iOS app, and calls to the US and Canada are free! You can dial internationally too (with super low rates), but you'll first need some calling credit: google.com/voice/m/credit.

- If you're a Google Voice user, you can make and receive calls from any of your iOS devices with today's update. Outgoing calls will come from your Google Voice number, and incoming Voice calls can be answered from Google+ Hangouts.

- Incoming messages will no longer stop your music. Instead of interrupting your groove, Google+ Hangouts will now temporarily duck your music, then crank the volume back up.

- Aaand… animated GIFs will now play in-line.

Today's release contains lots of features based on your feedback (seeing who's reachable right now, early integrations with Google Voice), but we're always working to make the app better. So give the new version a go (http://goo.gl/FDOfq), and let us know your thoughts!

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