Google optimizes Hangouts for iPad and iOS7

Google has updated the iOS version of its Hangouts messaging service, bringing the version number to 2.0. The update brings the app in line with the appearance of iOS 7 and in addition some specific iPad functionalities have been added.

Google has refreshed the look and feel of Hangouts for iOS giving it a cleaner look, while also using a new font, a new loading screen, and an overhaul of the menus. In addition, new functionality has also been added. For example, iPhone and iPad users can now record video messages with a maximum length of 10 seconds and share them with friends and acquaintances.

Also, users can now add a map with location to the conversation and there are new animated ‘stickers’. One of the features added especially for the iPad is the ability to video chat with picture-in-picture. Hangouts is one of the most important apps for Google, and now that Facebook has acquired WhatsApp, instant messaging competition has intensified.