Everyone has been hoping for a major Hangouts UI change for quite sometime. Hangouts is often laggy and buggy even on the fastest Android flagships. Though I still use it as my main messaging app (Google fanboy here), there isn’t a day that goes by without me praying for a refresh. It appears that Google has heard the cries and is working on Hangouts 4.0 with an all new design and layout. Earlier today Android Police posted alleged screenshots of version 4.0 of Google’s messaging app. Overall the design appears to be radically improved, hopefully the speed and functionality of the app will follow suit.
The biggest change, and perhaps most useful, is the departure of the current 2-3 column layout with conversations, contacts, and Hangouts dialer. The current layout is incredibly confusing and way too much for a simple messaging app. Most people don’t even use anything outside of the conversations tab. In the new layout we have a single screen that lists conversations, along with a button to add new conversations, start video calls, create a group chat and access frequent contacts. In addition to the more polished layout, you now have easier access to sending photos, emoji, and stickers inside each individual conversation-and an option to update your status.
Hopefully Google will start rolling out v4.0 sooner rather than later, until then we can all hope the improvements under the hood are as significant as those made to the UI. Stay tuned to HOA as we bring you more news about the Hangouts 4.0 update, including availability and APK file as soon as we have it!
via: Android Police
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