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This article was published on August 10, 2015

Hangouts for Android finally gets material design overhaul

Hangouts for Android finally gets material design overhaul
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

It’s been a long wait, but Google has finally updated Hangouts for Android with material design and a few useful features.

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The update finally matches the app found on iOS and is much simpler to use, with a better contact picker, a new compose button and faster attachment sharing with the ability to add multiple images at one time.

It can also receive and reply to group MMS messages using Google Voice and you can finally set your custom status message again. Google also says that the app is a lot faster and should use less battery.

It’s also added Outbound Caller ID to the Hangouts dealer. The updates are rolling out on the Google Play Store right now.

Hangouts [Google Play Store]

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