We’ve been seeing leaks of Hangouts 4.0 for months now, and today Google is finally rolling out the update to Android devices. The update is rolling out in stages so it may take a couple days for the update you hit your devices. Here’s what’s new:
- Hangouts is sleeker. Now updated with material design, Hangouts has a new look and feel: items respond to your touch in more intuitive ways and transitions between tasks are more fluid.
- Hangouts is simpler. The new Compose button makes it easier for you to start a new group or conversation. Our streamlined contacts list helps you find the right person quickly. And attachments have been revamped and simplified, so sharing—of emoji, GIFs, your location, even multiple photos at once—is a snap.
- Hangouts is faster. Whether you’re sending a quick message or video chatting with family, you don’t want hold-ups. We’ve been obsessively fixing bugs and speeding up message delivery to make Hangouts faster and more reliable. Bonus: less battery consumption.
Hangouts 4.0 also includes a new Android Wear companion app which allows users to initiate conversations from their watch rather than simply respond. While the update may take time to hit your device via the Play Store, you can download the APK here.