Google's messaging app Hangouts was today updated to version 2.0, adding an iOS 7 redesign and several new features including animated stickers, 10 second video messages, and iPad optimization. This is the app's first major update since it received voice calling and Google Voice integration back in October of 2013.

Following the update, the app supports a two-column conversation view on the iPad. Like many other social networking apps, Hangouts now supports animated stickers that can be included in messages, and maps of current locations can also be sent in a message.

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Along with a new look and feel, Hangouts has also gained new option to send a video message that's up to 10 seconds in length to offline users, which can be viewed later.

- Stickers: express your mood with fun animated stickers. Think of them as emoji, but even more awesome.

- Video Messages: record and send short videos to everyone in the conversation. Now you can really say what you need to say.

- Location sharing: send a map of your current location with a few simple taps. Great for coordinating the whole gang when you're ready to hangout IRL.

- Optimized for the iPad: enjoy big, beautiful video calls, and a two-pane conversation view. Perfect for the iPad's larger screen.

Google's Hangouts app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

WhackyNinja Avatar
100 months ago
Google knows how to do flat UI

Apple take note.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WhackyNinja Avatar
100 months ago
Of what? We can argue until the cows come home about what constitutes flat design, but I still prefer Apple's more playful take on it, and I think at the end of the day, that's really what matters more, rather than just meeting the technical definitions of "flat" just for the sake of it.

Apple's flat design is just clutter. At least Google's design is nice and clean, and minimalistic.

Now dont get me wrong, iOS 7's UI isn't ENTIRELY bad...the blur effects are beautiful, but overall compared to Google's UI on the Stock Android, Google really takes the cake
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zorinlynx Avatar
100 months ago
I still can't send SMS via Google Voice? Why, Google, why???
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WhackyNinja Avatar
100 months ago
Google knows UI? I think they took "flat" design literally.



I think Apple took flat literally. Im sorry but the right looks more attractive than the left
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ppc_michael Avatar
100 months ago
They can't even get mail right.

I lol'd.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dulcimer Avatar
100 months ago
Google knows how to do flat UI

Apple take note.

This app is so difficult to look at and discern the different UI elements. If this app encompasses Google's take on flat UI, then they suck at it.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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