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Google updates Hangouts for Android with video messaging

It has also doubled the iOS app's video message limit to two minutes.
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Mariella Moon
Mariella Moon|@mariella_moon|July 13, 2016 1:37 AM

Google curiously left Android users out in the cold when it rolled out video message attachments on Hangouts for iOS earlier this year. Don't worry, the wait is almost over: you'll soon be able to send video messages to friends even if you're using an Android device. Hangouts version 11 for Android comes with the feature, which you can access through a video camera icon on the bottom bar. It's not officially out on Google Play just yet, but there's an APK you can download right now. Take note, however, that 9to5Google couldn't make it work. You'll just have to wait for the official update to come out if you can't either.

If you do manage to make it work, you simply have to tap on the icon, record a video and send it out. The recipient will then be able to watch it on a separate app -- Android Police says it doesn't support in-line playback. That said, version 11 for Android comes with something a lot of people wouldn't appreciate: the company killed conversation merging for the app completely.

Besides these Android updates, Google also doubled the iOS app's video messaging time limit to two minutes in a new update that's now available from iTunes. That's bundled with the ability to kick users out of conversations, which is still a poor replacement for being able to whack people you're talking to with a wet trout.

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Google updates Hangouts for Android with video messaging