Hangouts application for Android and Chrome is live

by: Adam KoueiderMay 15, 2013


Google Hangouts has just gone live in the Chrome Web Store and in the Google Play Store. Hangouts is the new unified messaging service available on the web, iOS and Android and will replace the current Google Talk application.

Unfortunately, there is a glitch which makes the application appear to not be compatible with tablets. Luckily, a fix is on the way.

Here are the features of Hangouts as listed in the Google Play Store:

  • Say more with photos and emoji.
  • See when people are together in Hangouts, when they’re typing, or whether they’ve seen your message.
  • Turn any conversation into a video call with up to 10 friends.
  • Message friends anytime, even if they’re not connected right now.
  • Use Hangouts on computers, Android and Apple devices.
  • Hangouts stay in sync across devices so you can start or continue them anywhere.
  • Choose from hundreds of emoji to help you make your point
  • See what you talked about in the past, including shared photos and your video call history.
  • Get notifications just once. Once you see an alert, you won’t see repeats on your computer or other Android devices.
  • View collections of photos shared from each of your Hangouts.
  • Snooze notifications at times when you’d prefer to be undisturbed by alerts.
  • Unlike Google Talk, Hangouts does not support “invisible” status.

Hit the links in the Source below to begin downloading the application and start hanging out with your friends and family.

Are you as excited as we are about Hangouts? Let us know in the comments.

  • Leo Kanellopoulos

    I cant wait to try it.

  • I still get the old chat in Chrome even after updating.

  • Joshhud

    Sooo when will it get picture and video messages.. then ill join. got rid of talk because of that.

    • Javier Castillejos

      I can send pictures through the app. So I’m assuming Video should be possible as well.

      • pictures yes, videos, not in my experiences. i went to a video shot on my phone, and Shared it…..hangouts was not an option :(

        either way, its going to be a chore to get my friends to use this over what we are already using (groupme) without SMS support.

  • Ugo Marceau

    I can install Hangouts on my international Galaxy S2 but it’s “not compatible with” my Nexus 7 ? How is that even slightly logical ?

    • Cole Raney

      It will download on my galaxy S3 but not my nexus 10. So I guess no tablet support. It is a shame, they could do it. Apple made I message available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and macs. Google can surely bring it to tablets.

      • Vinnie

        “Unfortunately, there is a glitch which makes the application appear to not be compatible with tablets. Luckily, a fix is on the way.”

  • John

    When will it support SMS Google voice or not MMS would be nice too. No one I know uses Gtalk or hangouts. Trying to get them on these services is such a hard thing to do as they are use to their standard sms and skype.

  • Justin Wilson

    doesn’t work. updated to hangouts but still shows as talk

    • nishantsirohi123

      same here (india)

    • Same Here (Israel)

  • ben

    Can’t update on s4!

  • I love it…

  • Sharath

    Doesn’t show online status,sucks!

    • Osvaldo Torrisi

      Agree…it’s basic for a messenger app…I can’t believe it.

  • Christian Mcniven

    Mine shows its Google hangouts in Google play but when I open the app its still Google talk ??

    • kascollet

      Release date for the service is Wednesday.

  • GrinigGammalGubbe

    Misstake to use G+ as the base for Hangouts, my kids can’t use it because of the 13+ age restriction.
    SMS wont die…yet….

  • Joel Dinis

    Baby steps. Hope they will get rid of the Messenger from Google Plus. That still shows on my phone. As for those who say they have tried to update but still shows as talk, try doing it from the Google Play Store on your computer directly to your phone.
    I assume there will be updates quick and fast for this one in the next couple of weeks. Google is notorious for releasing betas and have people try it first.

  • Jeff Weatherup

    Ok, it seems really solid. I like it so far. However, there doesn’t seem to be a way to log out of the app, or make it stop running in the background! This worries me. Has anyone else found a way to do this??