As expected, Vic Gundotra took to the stage today for a special Google+ event. Alongside several other Google+ related announcements, Google unveiled that it is bringing a few new features to Hangouts for Android, including SMS integration! This is without a doubt the most exciting change coming to Hangouts, but the update doesn’t end there.
Hangouts will now allow you to share your location with your friends using a location button tap, will bring the ability to share animated GIFs through messages, and is even adding video call enhancements.
What kind of enhancements? Not only will Hangouts now offer full-screen video chats on all devices, Hangouts will also automatically enhance webcam lighting and will bring a few other special video effects as well. Finally, Google also revealed that Hangouts video and sound will now be set to HD by default.
According to Google, you can expect all of these changes to start rollout sometime today. We’ll be sure to keep you updated if and when we learn more!
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Was waiting for this! Was also hoping for Google Voice integration like the iOS users got a week or so ago, though… :(
I cant see the point in their strategy. Why iOS is always first? We are, android user, your children, not iOS :D
Just read that the Hangouts update is a couple of days away still. The other apps updated per todays update (i.e., G+ and Snapseed) have the updates available now. I’m wondering if the updated Hangouts app will coincide with the announcement of KitKat and/or Nexus 5, and if the Google Voice integration will be announced at that time. Here’s hoping!
And what about SMS Cloud Syncing and ability to send SMSes though Hangouts app for Chrome?
Would be nice, but at least we have Mighty Text! http://mightytext.net/
Likely not going to happen, at least not yet. That would require a massive change to the OS (possibly 4.4) and wouldn’t sync SMS, just messages sent through hangouts. If you SMS’d someone on hangouts, it would automatically convert it, and then that conversation would work on the Web/Tablet/Phone.
I hope so, 3rd party does a pretty good job at this, but SMS in hangouts in gmail would be the balls!
Meanwhile stock gallery still can’t play animated gifs…
i feel stock gallery may be dead now! long live G+ photos
It’s photos now after the latest update, but yes :)
Needs some serious work though, its not up to scratch yet !
nexus 5 in google play store already
Could it be that even Google puts apps on IOS before on Android?
What’s going on?
my nexus 4 will be waiting on tmobile.
Still no Hangout support on other platform ? wp, bb, s40 ?
I like Hangout but it’s limited platform and proprietary protocol make Hangout less useful for me.
iMessage just got OWNED.. thank you Google!
animated gifs!!! YAY!!!
i still wonders why less friend use it :/
hangout now has quite fast video chats (since the update “I Feel The Speed”)
Still no update :(
Anyone got it yet?