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Google Hangouts adds GIF keyboard for Android 7.1 Nougat users

Google is currently rolling out version 15.0 of its Hangouts chat client, adding in support for Android 7.1 Nougat's GIF keyboard.

Published onNovember 29, 2016


Fans of Google’s Hangouts chat client can expect to see a new 15.0 version of the app to roll out this week. The new version’s major addition is just for the very few smartphone owners who have Android 7.1 Nougat installed, as it adds the GIF keyboard to the app.

This is Nougat on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

The GIF keyboard made its debut in the Android 7.1 Developer Preview a few weeks ago on Google’s Messenger app. The addition of the same keyboard in Hangouts 15.0 will apparently not work for Google Voice messages in the app, according to 9to5Google. Aside from that new feature, the only other thing about Hangouts 15.0 is the fixing of a bug from 14.0 that was showing the sender of a single person’s name twice in notifications.


Again, this update for Hangouts has apparently just started rolling out in the Google Play Store, so it may take a few days to reach all Android users. If you happen to have both this update and Android 7.1 Nougat installed, what do you think of the addition of the GIF keyboard?