Last month Google announced that it is finally adding SMS support to Hangouts. It has actually made a number of improvements to the app, which includes support for location sharing and animated GIFs. Google actually announced this update prior to formally announcing Android 4.4 KitKat, but didn’t actually release the updated app back then. It said that the app will be rolled out in a few days. Today, Hangouts version 2.0 has been released and it brings all of these much awaited features.
Google Hangouts version 2.0 for Android is definitely going to be a lot more stable than the version that was extracted from the Nexus 5. An unofficial APK of Hangouts has already been making the rounds for well over a week, but many users reported various issues, which quite obviously didn’t come as a surprise. The official release brings all of the features that had already been detailed by Google last month. Unfortunately, Hangouts is yet to gain Google Voice integration, hopefully the company will do something about it in the near future. To install the updated Hangouts app, all you need is an Android device running OS version 2.3 or higher. Google Hangouts version 2.0 is available as a free download from the Play Store.