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Old Feb 27, 2014, 06:11 PM   #1
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Google Hangouts for iOS Gains iPad Optimization, iOS 7 Redesign




Google's messaging app Hangouts was today updated to version 2.0, adding an iOS 7 redesign and several new features including animated stickers, 10 second video messages, and iPad optimization. This is the app's first major update since it received voice calling and Google Voice integration back in October of 2013.

Following the update, the app supports a two-column conversation view on the iPad. Like many other social networking apps, Hangouts now supports animated stickers that can be included in messages, and maps of current locations can also be sent in a message.

Along with a new look and feel, Hangouts has also gained new option to send a video message that's up to 10 seconds in length to offline users, which can be viewed later.
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- Stickers: express your mood with fun animated stickers. Think of them as emoji, but even more awesome.

- Video Messages: record and send short videos to everyone in the conversation. Now you can really say what you need to say.

- Location sharing: send a map of your current location with a few simple taps. Great for coordinating the whole gang when you're ready to hangout IRL.

- Optimized for the iPad: enjoy big, beautiful video calls, and a two-pane conversation view. Perfect for the iPad's larger screen.
Google's Hangouts app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Old Feb 27, 2014, 06:12 PM   #2
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Google knows how to do flat UI

Apple take note.
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Old Feb 27, 2014, 06:14 PM   #3
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it definitely needed a UI update. Having the same color chat bubbles was annoying.
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Old Feb 27, 2014, 06:15 PM   #4
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Google knows how to do flat UI

Apple take note.
Of what? We can argue until the cows come home about what constitutes flat design, but I still prefer Apple's more playful take on it, and I think at the end of the day, that's really what matters more, rather than just meeting the technical definitions of "flat" just for the sake of it.
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Old Feb 27, 2014, 06:17 PM   #5
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wonder if they fixed the Google Voice integration? there are times when it won't receive an incoming call, so I use both talkatone and google hangouts for google voice. (hangouts for outgoing, and talkatone for incoming as it always receives calls).

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Google knows how to do flat UI

Apple take note.
This app is so difficult to look at and discern the different UI elements. If this app encompasses Google's take on flat UI, then they suck at it.
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Old Feb 27, 2014, 06:20 PM   #7
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About time, hope it fixes the bugs and speed issues as well
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Old Feb 27, 2014, 06:24 PM   #8
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Of what? We can argue until the cows come home about what constitutes flat design, but I still prefer Apple's more playful take on it, and I think at the end of the day, that's really what matters more, rather than just meeting the technical definitions of "flat" just for the sake of it.
Apple's flat design is just clutter. At least Google's design is nice and clean, and minimalistic.

Now dont get me wrong, iOS 7's UI isn't ENTIRELY bad...the blur effects are beautiful, but overall compared to Google's UI on the Stock Android, Google really takes the cake
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Old Feb 27, 2014, 06:27 PM   #9
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I still can't send SMS via Google Voice? Why, Google, why???
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Looks like a typical Android 4.3 app.
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About time. Old app sucked
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Old Feb 27, 2014, 06:51 PM   #12
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I don't like the intrusive video button on the righthand side while holding the iPad in landscape.
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Looks like a typical Android 4.3 app.
It looks nothing like a typical Android app. No way Google releases this UI on their Hangouts for Android app.
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Old Feb 27, 2014, 07:56 PM   #14
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Does to me. Lots of grey and white plus muted colours. Add Roboto and you're pretty much there.

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Google knows how to do flat UI

Apple take note.
Google knows UI? They can't even get mail right. It's also the same company that made a simple video app, YouTube, unusable and put text fields on the same plane as the background, rendering them invisible. I think they took "flat" design literally.
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Of what? We can argue until the cows come home about what constitutes flat design, but I still prefer Apple's more playful take on it, and I think at the end of the day, that's really what matters more, rather than just meeting the technical definitions of "flat" just for the sake of it.
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Google knows how to do flat UI

Apple take note.
Thanks for the laugh.

Apple, carry on.
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Does to me. Lots of grey and white plus muted colours. Add Roboto and you're pretty much there.
No slideout navigation, no overflow menu, etc. It looks nothing like any of Google's current apps on Android. I can't imagine Google using the 4 icons at the bottom for navigation considering what they have been moving towards on Android.
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I just want youtube hangouts like you get on the web version
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No slideout navigation, no overflow menu, etc. It looks nothing like any of Google's current apps on Android. I can't imagine Google using the 4 icons at the bottom for navigation considering what they have been moving towards on Android.
UI not UX. UX will never be the same because the OS differ in general UX.
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From the screenshots, this looks gorgeous. The only thing I don't like is that massive button down the RHS of the screen.
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Google knows UI? I think they took "flat" design literally.


I think Apple took flat literally. Im sorry but the right looks more attractive than the left
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I still can't send SMS via Google Voice? Why, Google, why???
This. This so hard.
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Hooray, it *finally* remembers my account details so I don't need to enter my username and password every time. Unfortunately it still has the bug where "in-app sounds" keeps turning itself on.

Hopefully the Return key on the keyboard will actually send a message now, but I can't try that until Monday because my keyboard's at work.

Edit: Nope, it still just goes to the next line. How hard can this be?!

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They can't even get mail right.
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