In a bid to make user’s lives more convenient, Google has updated Hangouts on Android. the update combines conversations on Hangouts an SMS with the same into one single thread. The update also adds the option to choose whether to send the message through the Instant Messenger or through SMS. That’s not all, if you prefer to have your Hangouts conversation in a different place from where your text messages are stored, you can even do that.
Hangouts also gets a new contacts list, split into “Hangout With” and “Phone Contacts”. Then there’s a new homescreen widget for accessing recent conversations without going into the app first. Other changes include improved video call quality, fixes to sending and receiving MMS and some other bug squashing here and there.
You can pick the update on the Play Store here.