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!