[Android app] Google Hangouts updated (2.1) with merged messages and more

Google Hangouts for Android has been updated to version 2.1 which brings several new features and improvements including merging SMS and hangouts messages into a single thread. Hangouts (formerly Google Talk) allows one-on-one and group conversations between Android and iOS users. You can also turn any chat into a video call with up to 10 participants.

The update is being rolled out in stages, and will be pushed automatically to your device through the Play Store. Meanwhile you can download the latest version or manually install the official APK using the following links

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Price Free
Requirements Android 2.3 or higher

Google Hangouts for Android version 2.1.075 has the following new features and improvements
  • Merged SMS/Hangout conversations: SMS and Hangout conversations with the same recipient are now combined into a single conversation. You can control whether you want to send a message via Hangouts or SMS with the flip of a switch, and different message types will be easy to tell apart in the conversation. Of course, you can always merge and unmerge conversations if you’d like 
  • Highlighted outgoing Hangout messages 
  • Simplified contact list: now there’s two main sections in contacts — People you Hangout With, and Phone Contacts — making it simpler to navigate, and easier to use for SMS 
  • More Prominent Presence Status (on call, moods, etc) 
  • New Notification sound 
  • Separate voice and video call tones 
  • Performance improvements: today’s update includes better quality video calls, as well as improved SMS and MMS reliability 
  • Home screen widget: add the Hangouts widget to your homescreen for quick access to your recent conversations 
  • Long press on images to save media
If you dont want to wait for the manual rollout of the update from Google, you can download the official APK file using the following link or through the source link

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