Google has just revealed an update for its Hangouts app for Android. Version 1.2 brings several new features, including a fruitful one that allows you to see who’s online and who’s merely logged in.
Firstly, you can now view not just who’s online but you are also able to know who’s currently reachable. The app displays talking status icons besides every contact; Green icons means they are on, while gray icons means they aren’t.
It’s so simple to browse your contacts when you start a new Hangout! All your contacts are now grouped into 3 different categories: People you usually Hangout with, Suggested People and lastly Other Contacts. The company has not explained about how the second category is populated.
Now the Hangouts invites are placed above your conversations, allowing you to spot them easily. You are also allowed to hide your desired contacts from the new Hangout screen by just long-pressing their name for few seconds and choosing the ‘Hide contact’ option. In addition, you are also allowed to pinch-to-zoom on images.
For now, the update is only available for Android users, it’s not clear when the iOS version will be getting this update.
Android users can download the latest version of Hangouts from Google Play Store. The app is compatible with devices running on Android version 2.3 or above.
Hangouts download link for Android (free)