The New Google Hangouts v2.5 is Here. The New update adds more Material Design to the Hangouts App UI, along with some other new features like contextual tool system, Video filters and adding the confirmed number for each of your Hangouts contact.
The location sharing function is the only contextual tool mentioned in this Googler's Plus post, but presumably this functionality could be extended in other ways. "Show me" could bring up a link to the camera app, for example. A revamped version of the timestamp will now show when the other party last viewed the conversation, and not just at what point.
Cosmetically, Hangouts is now adding stickers. These are big, colorful alternatives to emoticons, and similar systems have likewise been seen on competing platforms. Google has posted 16 themed sticker packs, all free for the time being, for users to insert into conversations when words fail them. Video chats are also getting spruced up a bit with live filters. Simply swipe on the video feed to activate Instagram-style filters on top of the active conversation.
You can Now Install Google Hangouts 2.5 on your Android device from the official APK below. It's 100% safe to install. Enjoy!