Hangouts 1.2 rolling out now, introduces availability indicators and more

September 25, 2013
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Earlier today, Google began rolling out a new version of Gmail, complete with a new card-like design for the conversation view, and a few other improvements. That’s far from the only Google app getting updated today, though. Hangouts 1.2 has now arrived as well!

Probably the most important change here is that green icons finally will show you who is on Hangouts, while gray indicate when someone isn’t around. Beyond that, there’s also some changes to the way contacts are organized and displayed, as well as a few other minor improvements.

For a full list of what to expect, check out the change log:

  • You can finally see who is on Hangouts! When you start a new Hangout, green icons show who’s on, and gray shows who’s not.
  • Contacts are now organized by People you Hangout with, Suggested People, and Other Contacts.
  • Long press contacts in the New Hangout screen to hide them.
  • Invites are now above your conversations so they’re easier to find.
  • Pinch-to-zoom photos!

In usual Google fashion, the new Google Hangouts update will rollout in stages, so it may still be a few more days before it reaches you. If you’d rather not wait, you can always grab the APK right here.

For those that have already upgraded, what do you think of the new changes? Any other new features or changes you’d like to see come to Google Hangouts?

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