A small update, it seems that this new version of Google Hangouts will include the full screen function for video discussions. An addition rather necessary if the application wants to compete against Skype and the other VoIP apps.
It was a long time ago when Hangouts the Android Application was released with a messy interface. No official announcement has yet been made but the team to AndroidPolice had the chance to take a first look at the version 4.
Obviously Hangouts retains the graphical look of Material Design. Judging from the screenshots, Hangouts v4.0 seems to have benefited from a slight relooking. First comment: it kept its mint color that was added during its makeover last September.
Its interface is more refined than those of previous versions, which is great considering that the old releases were a bit overcrowded and not very ergonomic. For example at the top of the first screen, your avatar,username/name and e-mail no longer displayed. Unnecessary icons are removed to add a more discreet interface via drop down menus.
Obviously, the changes made during the last year are still present. You can directly access a page containing your conversations. A floating button allows you to create more pages, organize discussions or launch videos. You can share the location from which you write, send messages, photos and videos, personalize them with emoji and stickers, all through one button. Access to Hangouts Phone is always available.
If these pictures probably reflect only a transitional stage (this “in progress” version is apparently not optimized for tablets) before finalizing the next Google Hangouts, this nevertheless indicates that the app is on the right on track, recalling in some aspects the Facebook Messenger, simplicity of implementation here seems to be well planned.