The Hangouts app, Google’s messaging, video and voice call app, has just received a huge design update. The design update comes is part of Hangouts 4.0 which is an update that is released today for Android and was released last month for iOS. The most noticeable difference in Hangouts 4.0 is the use of Google’s Material Design aesthetic.
Navigating the app is easy with four main tabs at the bottom of your screen for Contacts, Favorites, Hangouts and Calls. Some of the additional updates include a new compose button in the bottom right of the screen, faster attachment sharing and the ability to add multiple images at one time.
The Hangouts 4.0 updates also allows Android users to receive and reply to group MMS messages using Google Voice as well as finally letting you set your custom status message again. The Hangouts app is also noticeably a lot faster and seems to use less battery.
The Hangouts app is typically found as a feature within Google+, but as of lately Google has been separating a lot of its Google+ features into standalone products. It may be that this update is to expand the Hangouts app into a solid competitor to similar messaging and voice calling apps such as WhatsApp and Skype.