First Google Hangouts update brings new features

By , Jun 27, 2013

Google Hangouts 1.1.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Google Hangouts 1.1.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

In the first major update since its release back in May, Google’s cross-platform unified messaging software Hangouts has just enhanced your chatting experience with a couple new additions. Addressing some of the top requests, Google Hangouts versions 1.1.1 features improved iOS 6 support and now finally lets you send URLs, as well as and click on links received in chat messages. I’ve included more information about this update after the break…

The new Hangouts build now supports inviting people to chat sessions via SMS.

And now, if you receive a message when the app is running, the in-app alert will be accompanied by sound to make sure you don’t miss anything.

And in addition to bug fixes and fixes for “network connection bar weirdness,” this release includes improvements to badge count behavior which lets you see how many unread messages there are just by glancing at the Hangouts icon on your Home screen.

Google Hangouts 1.1.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)Google Hangouts 1.1.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)

Here’s your full changelog:

• support for sending and clicking on links
• invite friends to Hangouts via SMS
• in-app sounds when you receive a message
• improvements to badge count behavior
• addressed network connection bar weirdness
• bug fixes
• support for iOS 6.0

Per usual, the universal Hangouts app is a free update right from the App Store.

The Android edition can be downloaded from Google’s Play store. It is also available as a web app on the Chrome Web Store.

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  • keesha

    people use hangouts? is it popular!?

  • Khan Rulzz

    Whatsapp all the way better then this sh*t !

    • Jacopo Rumi

      Whatsapp is efficient but way more limited that Google’s Hangouts.
      If you just want to replace the short message service, go for it.
      If you want a much broader solution, Hangouts can’t be beaten.
      Many of the current limitations are result of Google’s efforts to consolidate its messaging platforms.
      Expect to see improvements quick and steady, à la Google :)

      • felixtaf

        You cant do hangout/video calls to users who are not in Google+. Hope they fix/change that…

      • Elias Chao

        I don’t think this gonna happen, you need to log in to use the service, so you must have a Google + account.

      • felixtaf

        I have Google+ acc. Sadly most of my friends dont have. I can receive chat messages from their talk app. But no calls/video calls. Still some third party apps will do the job (like Vtok).

        Yeah, they replaced the Talk with hangouts but failed to unify the features…

      • Elias Chao

        Cool be great, but as I said, don’t think this gonna happen, for example, you can’t send messages, or anything else, from Facebook Messenger app to someone who hasn’t a Facebook account :3 … Tell your friends to make a Google + account.

  • MagnificentN

    Looks iOS 7-esque.

    • Jacopo Rumi

      Chicken and egg ;)

    • Elias Chao

      In fact, Messages app in iOS 7 it’s really Hangouts-like.

  •  Rich 

    I take online classes, and instead of using the crappy system my school use like “GoToMeetings”, they moved over to using Google+ Months ago, now when I’m not gonna be home in time for class, I can use Hangouts, for some people it’s a great app. I was never able to steadily use WhatsAPP. in fact, I only see it being viable when talking to others in other countries. WhatsApp also doesn’t have video chat. I personally like having everything in one app. This way I don’t have to use Skype, + WhatsApp/KiK/FB Messenger/etc.

    • Falk M.

      Don’t get me started on the joke that KiK is.
      It’s such a bad messenger, messengers from the 1990′s beat its limitations and narrow feature set.

  • ShavontiLewis

    I really want to get into hangouts, I’ve gotten a lot of friends to download it but the notifications are still terrible. Even with the new update I still get badge notifications for old messages appearing and I have to auto refresh to see new messages when I click the notifications in the notification centre.

  • Jay Kay

    What is Hangouts, am i missing something?

    • Elias Chao

      “Google+ Hangouts brings one-on-one and group conversations to life with photos, emoji, and video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, phones and tablets.” <—- This is the description in the App Store :D