Hangouts gets an update, adds more butter and more emojis

August 21, 2013
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Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts continues to improve today with a new update that adds a few new features and performance enhancements. It’s not too gigantic, but since Hangouts has always had some big shoes to fill (via Google Talk), any improvement can be a big improvement. Here is what’s in the “What’s New” section in the Play Store.

  • Added more emoji!
  • We added some butter to Hangouts to make it run faster and slicker.
  • Fixed a bunch of bugs.

If the Hangouts app needed anything, it was more butter. So far the Talk replacement has been great, but even on the highest end phones the app has a tendency to slow down quite a bit. So more butter is always a welcome improvement. Also, more emojis is always a win.

The Hangouts update also appears to be rolling out in waves. So you may or may not have received it just yet. As usual with these sorts of updates, patience is key. Aside from the new emojis, the performance enhancements, and the bug fixes, nothing else seems to be going on. If you want to download it now, you can grab it here or just wait for the roll-out to reach you.

Has anyone given it a shot yet?

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