Google has overnight announced an update to their messaging service Hangouts for Android, moving to the big 4.0 version release with a much needed improvements such as speed, as well as a fresh new look and additional features.
The updated and refreshed Material Design Hangouts app will bring with it the following updates:
Google has added in improvements for the Hangouts Dialer, including outbound caller ID – no more ‘Unknown’ when you call your friends. Google has also improved services for Group MMS in Google Voice – a service which we’ll probably never see released outside the US.
Google hasn’t forgotten about Android Wear either. In the updated Hangouts app you can now quickly send messages directly to your friends on Hangouts by simply saying “Ok Google, send a Hangouts message,” into your watch. Finally, Custom status messages are back which allows you to let your friends to know what’s on your mind when your not online or available.
The update is rolling out on a rolling basis now, so you might want to keep an eye out for it through Google Play – though we know you just can’t wait, so go get it.