Google Hangouts Receives Video Messaging Feature
With most of the instant messaging apps already integrating a video messaging feature in their mobile applications, the same feature was long overdue for Google Hangouts on Android.
The update is now available on Google Play in India as well, although many enthusiasts downloaded an APK version before its official release on the Play Store. Along with Google releasing the new feature on Android, they’ve made other changes to the app as well. The duration for sending out recorded video messages was One minute for iOS earlier, but this update brings it to Two minutes. Although, the duration limit for video messages on Android is still One minute. To record videos, all that has to be done is tap the video icon on the Hangouts Application’s user interface. Also, the users can upload videos from their device, which too have to be within One minute duration.
Google, sometime this year said that it had added peer-to-peer connections for Hangouts in order to improve its audio and video quality. What the peer-to-peer connection helps in doing is – route the user’s call directly to the person they’re contacting. Better and easier than having to contact through Google’s servers.
Google has made other common changes to both the Hangouts Android and iOS apps. Now, it lets the user remove members he/she doesn’t want as a part of the group, from the conversation. Another feature that existed earlier ‘merged conversations’ has been removed from the latest update for Android. This feature, combined Hangouts messages and SMS messages to be seen in the same user conversations. According to Google, they got rid of this feature because it was pretty confusing for the users, and as a result the app suffered from low user interaction and usage. It also clarified that none of the data from the previous version of the app would be lost and can be viewed within the app by the users.
Also, Google Hangouts got a new fix for static gifs and square cropping of images, with the latest updated version.
Picture courtesy – play.google.com
by techtalks @TechTalks August 3, 2016 6:03 AM UTC