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December 10, 2013

Google Hangouts Updated – with Issues Fixed, Improvements, and more


On the run up to the festive season Google does not seem to be slowing down. A new update for Google Hangouts released today, bringing with it several bug fixes and minor additions. Group messaging can be toggled with a button in the app, and the bugs in Hangouts MMS has been fixed. More than that Google have finally hit the support button for animated GIFs.which are now fully supported in Google Hangouts messaging!

Being able to turn off group SMS messaging is a nice feature, just be sure you’re really ready to do it since you’ll disable it completely. The MMS bug fixes are great and it seems to be working quite smoothly with this update. You can now import all you SMS messages into hangouts. There are some other minor bug fixes and upgrades as well.

But let’s get to what really matters, animated GIFS! The ability to send GIFs in hangouts is awesome. How else could you share something like this?

The update was released today on the Google Play store, and you can grab it over there from the link below.

What’s New

  • Version 2.0.216
  • Fixes for MMS sending/receiving
  • You can turn off group messaging (MMS) in Settings to send SMS to multiple people


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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini