January 27, 2016 7:41am
The Google Hangouts app for Android has received an update to version 7.0 today, bringing convenient new features, along with a few smaller tweaks to the interface. With the update, users can reply to incoming messages directly from notifications, without having to open the Hangouts app directly.
Last year, Google released the Messenger SMS app for Android, and the company has said SMS integration will eventually be removed from Hangouts. When version 7.0 of Hangouts is first launched, a popup suggests installing Messenger for users who haven’t already done so. Finally, the app will now also let users save shortcuts to go directly into any conversation from the home screen, which is be very useful for common message threads.
You might also notice some small design changes to the conversation list and settings screen, which now more closely follows Google’s Material Design guidelines. The update is rolling out now from the Play Store.