Gmail update rolling out to everyone, now it’s Hangouts turn for a staged rollout

by: Andrew GrushJune 5, 2013


Earlier this week, Google introduced Gmail 4.5, bringing several new features to the table, all while rolling it out incrementally. For those that have yet to grab it, Google has apparently finished up the rollout, and is making it available to everyone.

Now that you can finally get your hands on the Gmail update, it is time for yet another staged rollout, this time for Google+ Hangouts. Unlike the changes found in Gmail 4.5, the latest version of Hangouts doesn’t seem to bring to many significant changes, so don’t expect anything life-changing like Google Voice or SMS integration just yet.

Instead, the update is very minor and is all about addressing issues with notifications and audio, particularly for those that are still stuck on Gingerbread. They also vaguely mention “bug fixes and better performance” in the changelog.

Again, unless you happen to be one of the lucky few, it could be a couple of days before you can grab the Hangouts update, as Google has apparently decided to embrace staged rollouts for its apps going forward. Have you managed to get your hands on the update yet? If so, did you find anything noticeably different or is it all just under-the-hood stuff?

  • TechGuy

    Let’s hope they add the facility to pinch/zoom pictures. Sending multiple pics would also be good.

    • Christopher Sass

      Was confused when pictures wouldn’t pinch zoom. Hopefully they add that in at some point.

  • musoleK

    mashiro kicku!

  • Wibbly Wobbly

    Let’s hope we get a Gmail bug fix update as fast

    Nasty silly bug

    App thinks email addresses are case sensitive, so contact photos only sometimes show up.

  • Anirudh

    Bring back the multi select check box. And any justification why I want to see that big colorful alphabet icon instead of BBig Bold long subject line.