According to new screenshots posted by Caschys Blog (above and below), Google appears to be working on a new Hangouts experience for Chrome currently dubbed “Ultra Violet.”
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Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of information currently other than what we can see in the screenshots. What we do see is a much slicker UI with some navigation changes and new floating, circular icons for contacts that look at lot like Facebook’s chat heads. On top of the improved contact management, there also appears to be a conversation view showing all active conversations baked into the main chat window.
We’ll have to wait and see if this is something Google is testing as an add-on feature, or something to replace its current Hangouts Chrome extension entirely. It could also be a first look at how Google might redesign the Hangouts experience outside of just the Chrome desktop extension. Head below for another screenshot: