Google+ Hangouts has just gotten better. Google developer Amit Fulay posted an update today on his Google+ page saying that the popular Google+ Hangouts on the desktop will be getting a few visual and functional updates. Among the updates mentioned, one of them is a sidebar that can be hidden and shown, depending on the user’s preference. Items like invites, chat, and apps are now consolidated into the sidebar.

Hangouts is also getting colorful notifications. Alerts now appear in red, actions in blue, and announcements in grey, making it easier to read and respond to notifications while you’re inside the hangout. Lastly, apps are now easier to find and manage since the sidebar will display a user’s frequently used apps, as well as other ones active in the hangout. Amit says that users can also remove apps straight from the sidebar. Google will be rolling out the updates in the next day or so.

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