Following up on their release of the new KitKat keyboard to Google Play earlier today, Google has also made the new Hangouts v2 available. The big news with this update is the incorporation of SMS/MMS messaging into the Hangouts platform. Some other improvements include support for a full set of built-in emojis, the ability to view animated GIFs, location sharing, and the ability to set a “mood” indicator ala Google+ for others to see.
If you are lucky enough to have a Nexus 5 with the new Hangouts already installed or if you happened to install the leaked version, you may still want to check for an update as it reportedly fixes a video calling issue. Use one of the download links below to check out the new Hangouts in Google Play.