Today, Google’s Hangouts messaging platform has passed 1 billion installs on the Google Play Store. Before today, there were only about ten apps that have reached a billion installs, but most of them were owned by Facebook.
Google has updated the Android version of Hangouts, adding a selection of stickers, several new video filters, plus an interesting location sharing feature. The new features will also come to iOS soon.
Google Hangouts now has its own Web page and is no longer hidden within Gmail and Google+. For those looking for an easy way to chat with their friends, you can now simply visit hangouts.google.com, and get hangin'.
Google is finally making some serious moves to integrate Google Voice with Hangouts. Users can now make audio-only calls for free to any number in the US and Canada, while Google Voice SMS messages and voicemail are also now part of the service.
Google has updated Hangouts for iOS, introducing a Material Design-style new look, and a variety of new features. Version 4.0 of the app includes new photo sharing options, and the new experience will be coming to Android in the near future.
With more people discovering Google's social network through continued integration into other Google-owned products, the search company added a few new features to the popular Hangouts video chat feature of Google+.