Hangouts updated for phone calls

An update to Google Hangouts is beginning to roll out to Android users today. The update, which brings the app up to version 3.0, features mostly performance and stability improvements along with a few aesthetic enhancements. Oddly enough, the jump up to version 3.0 doesn’t bring as many changes as one might expect.

According to Google’s Dennis Kiilerich, the main focus of this update is to improve stability and performance issues. Additionally, Google has addressed feedback and suggestions that users submit to the company. Kiilerich also explains that they’ve added a ton of under the hood improvements that will allow them to add more features going forward.

Other than performance improvements, one main change we’ve noticed is the updated contact card. Much like we saw in the new Google Contacts preview from yesterday, the contact card now shows information from the user’s Google+ profile, including recent conversations, people in common and recent Google+ posts. Other than that, we’re not seeing too many other changes in the way the app looks.

Follow the Google Play link below to check for the new update. If you don’t feel like waiting, you can follow the apk link below to sideload the update by yourself. And if you see anything new in the Hangouts update, let us know what we missed in the comment section!

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