Google released a fairly major update to their Hangouts iOS app over the weekend, bringing the version up to 1.3. The update brings a number of very welcome new features, including full Google Voice integration (complete with support for both incoming and outgoing WiFi calling through the U.S. and Canada).
The update also includes animated GIF support, and automatically turns down your music whenever you make or receive a call using the app.
From the release notes:
What’s New in Version 1.3.0
– See which of your friends is using Hangouts, and who can be reached right now
– Call phone numbers from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (free to the US and Canada)
– Make and receive calls using your Google Voice number
– Send and receive animated GIFs that play inline
– Hangouts will temporarily turn down your music (instead of stopping it) when you receive an incoming message
The update is among the most significant updates the app has seen so far. The new version is available now, and as always, is available as a free download from the App Store – go get it!
- Google Hangouts for iOS (direct link)