Google Hangouts App For Android Gets New Features

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Google launched an update for its Hangouts app for Android that includes a bunch of new features.

For one, there are new "smart suggestions" in conversations.

"When you’re trying to meet up with friends in real life and someone asks, 'Where are you?', Hangouts can now understand what you need and offer to help," explains Google's Rhett Robinson. "You’ll see a one-tap option to share your location right in the conversation, without you needing to hunt around in a map, drop a pin and send your position."

That's pretty helpful.

You can also now confirm your phone number so friends can more easily find you in the app. Another addition is that of "last seen" timestamps, so you know when your friends are ready to chat. This will be a familiar feature to Facebook Messenger users.

There are sixteen new sticker packs, and Google will be launching additional ones. Also, you can now use video filters like sepia, vignette, and black & white. These are accessible by swiping down during a video call.

There are additional new features, which Robinson said Google will just let users find on their own. Fair enough.

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