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Google is pushing out a small update to the Hangouts app on Android. Hangouts v2.4 is rolling out now bringing with it bug fixes and a handy Google Voice tie-in UI improvement.

If you do not already have Hangouts, head on in to the Google Play Store to get your free copy. Be sure to grab the Hangouts Dialer as well, if you wish to use the app to make calls.

Google Hangouts Update v2.4

Truth is, Google has not yet updated the What’s New section for Hangouts in the Google Play Store, leaving us to dig for any changes. It is safe to bet that there are some bug fixes and performance improvements in the background. What we are seeing up front is the inclusion of your Google Voice calling credits in the top right of the main screen, with a handy little button that fires you over to the Voice website to add to your balance.

Let me take this moment to remind you to slide open that left hand menu and look at the Invites section. I just did, and found that I have missed hundreds of messages, including many from friends and from readers of Android Authority wishing to touch base. I have a few apologies to make, I hope that you do not as well.

As mentioned, head on into the Google Play Store to grab your copy of Hangouts, otherwise, the update hit my devices a little over an hour ago, your update will be along shortly.

While we wait for Google to update us on what’s new, have you found anything we’ve missed? How are you liking the new calling and messaging services of Hangouts?

Jonathan Feist
Jonathan has been with the AA team for several years now. Most recently he’s taken up residence at DroneRush.com.