After a wave of updates for its Android apps yesterday, Google has just announced an update to its Hangouts for iOS app. The update brings the app version number 2.0.0 and is the first update for the app since all the way back in November.

The update adds a plethora of features and design tweaks, most notably of which is an iOS 7 optimized interface. There are aren’t a ton of changes, but everything definitely has the iOS 7 look and feel to it.Menus and buttons are now totally “flat” and much cleaner overall. The iPad app has also gotten some major tweaks, including picture-in-picture video calling. The app also now supports the ability to send video messages up to 10 seconds long, ala Snapchat.

The full changelog is below:

  • Fully-optimized for the iPad, including picture-in-picture video calling
  • Animated stickers that help you share exactly how you’re feeling
  • Record and send video messages up to 10 seconds long
  • Send a map of your current location

The update is live on the App Store now.

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One Response to “Google Hangouts for iOS updated with iOS 7 design, iPad optimization, more”

  1. ashtraywasp says:

    Something quite important, although at the same time sort of trivial to note, is that the new Hangouts icon doesn’t have that out of place little button indentation on the bottom that all other Google apps still have right now. A common theme for all Google iOS apps’ icons currently is that 3D effect, but in this new major version it’s the first one to ditch it and go for a clean look. The app itself is really nice too actually.

    There’s also just now been a Google Maps update as well, although only a minor one, and the logo is still the same.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if a bunch of other Google apps are getting the iOS 7 update treatment shortly now too. Gmail is a big one but it’s still iOS 6-y and hasn’t been updated at all in 3 months now, a long time.