Google’s Talk replacement, Hangouts, has been warmly received by its users and the media, consolidating most disparate aspects of the company’s formerly-confusing messaging platforms.
The Android app has received a small update today, bringing performance improvements and bug fixes for issues relating to double notifications and audio problems on older devices.
Hangouts is also available for the web and iOS, and has strengthened Google’s position in the extremely-competitive messaging market. With BBM coming to Android and iOS later this year, and WhatsApp already accounting for hundreds of millions of instant messaging users, Hangouts is a strong product that needs some improvements.
The lack of integration with SMS/MMS, in addition to no Google Voice support, will be addressed in future releases, says Google.
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