Google Hangouts 4.0 is the latest version of the application.
It was launched a couple of weeks back in the Google Play Store and has since then proved its worth as the single solution to all its messaging needs.
A lot of new features were brought to the table with the Google Hangouts 4.0.
They mostly include improvements in the already existing features like sending texts and multimedia messages, hangout to hangout message at free of cost, video calls, voice calls, and even phone calls to places all over the world.
Other notable features include a reversed color combination for messages – sent in white and received messages in green.
However, the one feature that really caught our eye was the ability to switch over from one connection to the other, that is, between the use of Wi-Fi and Mobile data while on video call.
This news first surfaced from a report of Android Police, which has always been very reliable when it comes to providing news on the Android devices and applications.
The source feels that the application is at its best when you take into consideration its social features.
At first sight, you would be pleased with the way the app looks as the design of the interface now resembles material design, making it look cleaner than earlier.
Material design has been reputed to reduce time between actions and has thus made the application even smoother than before.
Google Hangouts has proved to be a good replacement for its predecessor, Google Talk, that had a lot of active users back during its reign.
It offered some very basic features like text chats and at a much later stage voice and video calls.
The quality was average, but people liked the interface running alongside their Gmail inboxes.
Google Hangouts was nevertheless warmly welcomed and no one missed Google Talk as it was able to provide a better design and many new features.
Google Hangouts can either be used as a stand alone mobile app, or as a web version on the PCs or laptops and alongside Gmail as well.
The reason why Hangouts released the alternate connection feature was because Hangouts 3.0 suffered from lags on video and voice quality on calls.
Now, with Hangouts 4.0, even if you switch over from one connection to the other, the call quality remains sturdy.
You can forget the problems of calls getting dropped at all during connection switches as the call is resumed so quick that a user hardly notices.
Google Hangouts 4.0 is quick to act when it comes to detecting an alternate connection and catches up exactly where it left off.
Along similar lines, Google is working on Project Fi.