Hangouts 5.0 Now Available!

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In humble opinion, Hangouts is one of the laggiest apps on Android, which is sad considering it is a Google flagship app. The app crashes, lags, and overall makes for a pretty terrible messaging experience. Unfortunately, since most of my friends and family use Hangouts I continue to bear the pain and frustration. I was really looking forward to Hangouts 4.0, which promised an improved UI and faster experience, but that turned out to be a lie. With most things Google does, they seem to offer either a big UI refresh or stability tweaks, and 4.0 was definitely the former. Alas, today Hangouts 5.0 has arrived, promising the stability tweaks to go with our refreshed UI!

Google says this version of Hangouts is fixing the broken GIF support that happened in Hangouts v4.0. In addition, they also tell us to expect improved performance, less crashes, and way less lag…yay! Of course, this will be a slow roll out on the Play Store, so feel free to grab the APK below if you’re into the side-loading thing! I already threw 5.0 on a few of my phones so I’ll update this post to let you know how I’m getting along with it!

Hangouts 5.0 APK via Android Headlines

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"