Google have transformed the Hangouts app for iOS with a complete overhaul to their service, putting them in the firing line of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
The new iOS app that only allowed users to send a photo now offers very familiar features to it’s rivals, including tabs along the bottom of the screen with categories like Hangouts, Favourites and Contacts and videos, stickers and location functionality similar to that of it’s competitors – Hangouts has always supported video calls, however.
The new app is also optimised for iPad and includes two panes, meaning you can divide the screen with your current conversations and still have the option to scroll through your contacts or existing Hangouts on the other.
Messaging is the most popular way of communicating right now in the tech world, thanks in large to Facebook’s $16 billion acquisition of standalone messaging app WhatsApp last week.
Users can download the new iOS app in the App Store.