Latest Hangouts update arrives to the Play Store

November 7, 2013
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Google Hangouts v2

Last Thursday, we not only got our first official look at KitKat and the new Nexus 5, but quite a few app updates also unofficially became available after the APKs were pulled out of the Nexus 5 and posted up online for the world to share.

During that time, many of us manually installed Google Hangouts 2.0, but that doesn’t make today’s official Play store arrival any less important. The latest Google Hangouts update actually features a newer build version than what was found on the Nexus 5. Billed as v2.0.122, the update also seems to fix some of the video chat and crashing issues that some devices were experiencing with the Nexus 5 version of the app.

If you have yet to try out the Hangouts v2 update in any form, the biggest change here is SMS/MMS integration. There’s also new animated GIFs, the ability to share your location in conversations and a few other minor changes.

To check for the update, you’ll want to head on over to Google Play. As to be expected, the rollout will be staged, so it may take a few days to reach all users. If you don’t want to wait around you can manually download and install the APK by clicking here.

For those that have already snagged the update — what do you think of the changes so far?

 

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