Hangouts updated to v1.2 – finally added availability status

google-hangouts-update

Ever since Google introduced Hangouts to replace Google Talk, a lot of users has been disappointed for the lack of vital features that are present on GTalk especially the ability to see your contacts’ availability status. The Playstore rating has considerably went down and most of the bad user comments are due to those lacking features. A lot of people had to revert back to Gtalk (including me) wishing that Hangouts was just a bad dream.

But Earlier today Google has finally given what thousands of users have been waiting for – the ability to see your contacts’ availability status. The indicators are in the form of a chat icon that turns green when the contact is available and grey when it’s not.

Here’s the complete change log for Hangouts v1.2:

– You can finally see who is on Hangouts! When you start a new Hangout, green icons show who’s on, and gray shows who’s not.
– Contacts are now organized by People you Hangout with, Suggested People, and Other Contacts.
– Long press contacts in the New Hangout screen to hide them.
– Invites are now above your conversations so they’re easier to find.
– Pinch-to-zoom photos!

The update was not made available to some regions yet, so here’s the APK  for those who does not want to wait.

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  • Jorq1H

    This is a really welcome update. Knowing whether someone is online or not has been a game of chance since hangout was redesigned.

  • i still have v1.1.2.778356
    Hope soon will the update comes to my phone too, to see all these new updates you write about…
    Thanks for the infos…