Google’s Halloween treat was pretty sweet. Google quietly pulled the wraps off of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat, bringing with it a new version of Google Hangouts. It wasn’t but a few short hours later that some .APKs were extracted from KitKat, making Hangouts available for download and manual installation. Today Hangouts version 2 is live on the Play Store, waiting patiently for your attention.
Hangouts 2.0.122 brings the long-awaited SMS and MMS integration, animated GIF support, a ton of new cute Emoji and location sharing.
Here’s what’s new in Hangouts version 2.0:
- SMS & MMS (Android 4.0+): Send/receive text messages with Hangouts! You can import your existing messages, quickly switch between SMS and Hangouts, and start group MMS conversations
- Animated GIFs: send animated GIFs, cute kittens and all
- Location: share a location in your conversations
- Device, in-call, mood status: share what device you’re on, whether you’re on a call, or your current mood