Hangouts

One of the Android topics talked about at I/O this year was Google’s redoing of the Google Talk app. The app received a complete UI  overhaul and name change that essentially made the app an entirely new app called Hangouts.

The UI overhaul that the app received looks great as does the new green color scheme. Everything looks clean, green, and runs smooth. There is something significant missing from the new app though that has a good majority of people including myself very disappointed, SMS support. Yes that’s right folks, no SMS support, this is a huge letdown as this was supposed to be Google’s solution to having many messaging apps and cross-platform messaging. At this time all the app can do is what the old Google Talk app could do, instant message other people who have the app downloaded onto their phone as well. There is a little bit of good news though, the Hangouts app is available on the Apple App Store and for Chrome Store for your desktop which does slightly help with the cross-platform messaging problem but it still requires both users to have the app downloaded if they want to message eachother.

Download Link: Hangouts

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Nicholas Terry

Nicholas Terry

(Author) - I am currently attending college to receive my degree in Computer Science with a pipe dream to someday work at Google. I love everything about android and smartphones and always love learning more about them or anything else tech wise. I also love developing Android apps and learning new types of code in my spare time. My current devices I use are my LG Optimus G and Nexus 7, Pebble watch is still on the way.
Nicholas Terry