Google Hangouts 5.0 is now available to download through an apk file. This update leak is brought to you by Derek Ross who spoke of the new upcoming update of Hangouts. While we don’t have the full change log we do know some info about this new version including improvements to the app’s performance, brings full-working GIFs, a splash screen, and others.
Other notable changes:
- Sending messages lag: Gone.
- Loading conversation lag: Gone.
- Main screen conversation update lag: Reduced.
- Hangouts splash screen: Included.
- Pop-up ‘signed in as’: Now in white.
- GIFs: They work!
- Dogfood icon: Removed.
From surfing around on the subject people have been reporting that performance has been improved and much snappier. That fact alone might sway me over to start using the app as my dedicated texting app. Currently I am using Google Messenger on my Note 5 and have enjoyed that experience over using Hangouts more. But I might give Hangouts another try because one of the leading factors of not using Hangouts was because it seemed to lag too much.
Source | Juan
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