Hangouts

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?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
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