Hangouts now supports Android N’s grouped notifications and Quick Reply

by: Kris CarlonMarch 11, 2016

Hangouts Android N teaser

If you’re running Android N and you happen to like Hangouts and you want to install the latest APK, then this post is for you. Hangouts v8.0 has added support for Android N’s new grouped notifications API, whereby you can not only expand or dismiss individual notifications in a group, but also reply to each one right from the notifications shade.

Android N notifications AA 2See also: Notification shade gets a redesign and tons of new functionality28

When you’re on the Hangouts 8 and Android N combo, when you get a few Hangouts messages from different chats, you’ll see a pair of up and down arrows stacked at the end of the first line of the notification, just after the time stamp. Swipe down once to expand the notifications a little further, and swipe each one down again to open up the Quick Reply box. Once you’ve expanded the notifications the fist time you can also choose to dismiss them individually by swiping to the left or right.

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One of the coolest parts of this is that you can respond to one message after another, all from the notifications shade. So simply reply to one, then tap the next reply box and respond to the next one and so on. It’s a huge time saver and you never have to leave the notifications shade to deal with a whole bunch of new messages. Of course, it’s only really good for shorter messages. If you’re going to be writing an epic response you might still be better off tapping the notification to launch the full app.

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While it’s not surprising to see Google pushing out support for the new Android N feature it is a little surprising to see it pushed out so soon. With any luck we’ll see more Google apps updated with grouped notifications support rolling out in the days and weeks to come. If you’re dying to try this feature out for yourself, just grab the Hangouts v8 APK from APK Mirror.

What do you think of Android N’s new notifications? Better or worse than before?

  • JSo

    The notifications definitely seem better. But sadly, I can’t try them out since I own a Nexus 5.

  • Flow

    Still not switching back to Hangouts, such a slow ass service

  • doloresanto

    > If you’re running Android N

    Nobody is running Android N at that point.

    • GreaterLesser

      I believe he was referring to the Nexus (Nexus 6P, 5X, 6, 9, and Nexus Player) owners who actually have the Android N dev preview installed. A small group yes but still an existing one. It would have been nice if he had been a bit more specific on who was referring to when he said that though (/sarcasm) and pointed out that it’s the Dev Preview for those who might get confused lol (sarcasm)

    • mainevent3405

      Uhhh yeah some of us are on N

  • mainevent3405

    Thanks for the APK. Much better than the current transparent quick reply.

  • fedginator

    i dont like the new shade – the cards gave much better differentiation between notifications and grouping notifications just adds an extra step when trying to view all your notifications

  • mobilemann

    last two versions of android, are pure iOS features. it’s quite funny.

    • SaRPeR

      And last few versions of iOS are pure Android.

      • mobilemann

        no, that was way more 6 and 7. But i’m not here to make myself feel better about a platform purchase, as i already own flagships on android and iOS. Feel better? You’re why kids are terrible.

        • Ice T.M

          iOS gets features from Android, and Android gets features from iOS, each OS is getting the best from the other, and that’s nothing new so seriously, what’s so funny ? I didn’t get it

          • mobilemann

            i didn’t say anything was funny. I said i wasn’t here to push a agenda, and that if you look at actual features, you’ll see android borrowing much more recently. That’s fine, because apple did the lion’s share for years before.

            A better question is why did you randomly take offense to my comment, not directed at you, and magically inject words and emotions into my comments that aren’t there?

          • “last two versions of android, are pure iOS features. it’s quite funny.” -mobilemann

  • SaRPeR

    Quick reply isn’t something new. Hangouts got that update more than a month ago.

    • VAVA Mk2

      Yeah but it looks nicer now LOL