Hangouts gets first update Stormy Beach 16 May, 2013 2 Comments Well, that was fast. Google has just pushed out an update to the Google Hangouts app. They don’t list anything special in the What’s New section though. It moves the app from version 126.96.36.1995749 to version 188.8.131.528536. That is a pretty good size jump in versions. It definitely doesn’t bring SMS support, I tried. I see a ‘NOTE’ on the app description that I don’t remember seeing yesterday though. But that could have been updated prior to this release. Build Number Before Update Build Number After Update NOTE: If you aren’t yet able to install Hangouts on your phone or tablet, or the Play Store “Open” button takes you to the old Talk app, hang tight, we are rolling out Hangouts to everyone over the course of several days. Rest assured Hangouts will be available soon for all Android 2.3+ devices, tablets included. Thankfully we have included the all the apks from Google I/O in another post which you can find HERE. As far as the update, it seems likely they are getting various issues and bugs fixed as they roll out Hangouts to everyone. For now we will have to see what happens. Hangouts Play Store link The Foo Before the update I was unable to create groups or send pictures with my gapps account. After I’m able to do everything advertised with both my personal gmail and work google apps account. FILA There are some huge bugs in the new Hangouts. When I type and send a message the keyboard doesnt go away like the old version, i have to put it down myself which is annoying. The other persons picture relies on internet to see. I cant see my own picture cuz I dont have a Google+ account. Im forced to see everyone in my contacts even if I dont want to. They took away the wacky but fun video chat effects like bug eyes and backgrounds. I cant send pics unless I have a Google+ account. -sigh- Google keeps pushing hard for you to sign up for a Google+ account.