Google Hangouts on Android can now record and send video

More than two years after it updated its iOS Hangouts app with the ability to record and send video, Google is bringing the feature to the Android version of the software. Hangouts users with Android phones will be soon be able to record and send up to a minute of footage from inside the app once the update arrives on their local Google Play Store.

Google first allowed iOS Hangouts users to record and send video in February 2014, albeit with a 10-second limit. That was upped to a full minute in March this year, but Android users were still left out, having to make do with updates like the ability to send stickers in Google Voice conversations. Google still seems to be making better apps for iPhone than for its own operating system, but the new update should at least make Hangouts more equal as Google pushes it live across various stores this week.

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Well, iOS app also got updated today. It’s possible to send two minute videos now so yeah…

Who cares….

They also removed merged conversations.

I’m guessing to make room for allo? Which seems like you’d wait til the app was out to do that, but whatever. Hangouts is a fail.

yeah, what a dumpster fire; seriously google’s messaging "strategy" (which is a very generous term for what they’re doing) is completely schizophrenic. Add a feature, remove a feature, integrate, disintegrate, features on one os not on another; now stupid ass allo which by all accounts is mobile only, so hangouts will still live on both mobile and desktop. MAKE ONE MESSAGE APP GOOGLE!!

Exactly, this is a confusing mess, unless you just get rid of hangouts and only have allo. They should be competing with imessage, not throwing random crap at the wall.

Everyone I know uses Hangouts so it’s hardly a fail. Being preinstalled on every Android device really helped it.

Nobody cares who you know lol. Hangouts is a mess, and I honestly thought google could just fix it. Instead they’re moving on to something else, so I guess I ’ll get allo whenever its out.

Care to explain what the mess is? It’s flawless… at least for me with Google Voice integration. But now Google removed my favorite feature.

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Add a feature, remove a feature, integrate, disintegrate, features on one os not on another; now stupid ass allo which by all accounts is mobile only, so hangouts will still live on both mobile and desktop. MAKE ONE MESSAGE APP GOOGLE!!

Idk how it’s a mess. I use it everyday, works great. Notifications sync between all my devices instantly (as soon as I open a message on my PC/phone it disappears from my iPad notifications and vice versa). Voice chat is great, video chat is great and switching between all that is painless. Maybe it’s a mess on Android, I use it on iOS, but none of my friends complains so I don’t know.

Hangouts on Android is a hot mess for sure. Dieter gave some pretty good reasons as to why Google is having such trouble with messaging (it has a lot to do with markets outside of the US), but building a messaging app that puts the experience first shouldn’t be this difficult. That’s in addition to the "just release whatever" strategy. I’m still not sure why Spaces exists.

While this isn’t a feature that I’ve been missing at all and probably won’t ever use I’ll happily take it as a good sign that they continue to develop for Hangouts on all platforms. I just don’t get all of the hate for it but I also haven’t had any bad experiences with it so I’m wondering if some of those are device/network specific issues or simply outdated opinions?

It enables access to my messaging on Windows, Apple and Google software with 95% feature parity without requiring the other party to use it. That’s what makes it a fantastic tool for me.

This is completely mind boggling for me. Unless for some serious lack of foresight with the coding of the application integrated SMS should not be tossed out. And if it was because of said reasons with video and SMS not playing well, code the damn thing to work, is video really that pressing of a feature to rush out? Hangouts hasn’t had this feature in years, I’m sure we can we a little bit longer.

What a dumpster fire.

I would also like The Verge to request an interview with the Hangouts development team, because no one, outside of them, knows what the hell they’re doing. Would love to be in those meetings.

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