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    Hangouts 2.1 for Android: SMS improvements and a homescreen widget

    Today were launching the newest version of Hangouts for Android, rolling out to the Play store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...e.android.talk) over the next few days. Highlights include:

    - Merged conversations: SMS and Hangout conversations with the same recipient are now combined into a single conversation. You can control whether you want to send a message via Hangouts or SMS with the flip of a switch, and different message types will be easy to tell apart in the conversation. Of course, you can always merge and unmerge conversations if youd like.

    - Simplified contact list: now theres two main sections in contacts People you Hangout With, and Phone Contacts making it simpler to navigate, and easier to use for SMS.

    - Homescreen widget: add the Hangouts widget to your homescreen for quick access to your recent conversations.

    - Performance improvements: todays update includes better quality video calls, as well as improved SMS and MMS reliability.

    The new version will be available in the Play store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...e.android.talk) this week, so download or update and let us know what you think!

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    Also makes your own comments green in the UI!
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    That's great news! I've been looking forward to the merged conversations.

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    Still waiting on Voice integration, but iterative improvement is always welcome in the meantime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zorak950 View Post
    Still waiting on Voice integration, but iterative improvement is always welcome in the meantime.
    IMO today's update isn't necessarily the game winner, but it is definitely a touchdown. Are you hoping to see voice integration to text from the Google number or to make calls via the Hangouts app?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Spock View Post
    Also makes your own comments green in the UI!
    Yes but for only Hangout messages ... Unless its just my phone. On SMS its still white.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Spock View Post
    Are you hoping to see voice integration to text from the Google number or to make calls via the Hangouts app?
    The latter, mostly. I never really cared about transcription.

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