Hangouts on Android finally lets you record and send video like the iOS version has for years


It’s been a long time coming, folks. Quite frankly, I can’t even believe I’m writing this, but after it was introduced for iOS users back in February of 2014, Google is finally updating the Hangouts Android app with video recording. I know, this is probably foreign to most of you, so let me explain.

The update — which has just started rolling out now on Google Play — allows Hangouts users to record up to a minute of footage from either inside the app (tapping the video icon), or upload from video saved to their device and send it to whomever they like. Pretty handy if you want to share a short video of the kids, record a quick message, or just upload a funny Vine you downloaded from the internet. Whatever. It’s here. It’s awesome. And it’s about damn time.

Update: It looks like the Android version of Hangouts let’s you upload in full 1080p HD, while its iOS counterpart is only a paltry 360p. Wow.

A few months back, Google actually upped the 10 second video limit on iOS to a full minute, waving it in front of Android users’ faces as we were forced to upload GIFs like animals. But all’s well that ends well, right? This update is just another small attempt from Google to catch up with other, more full featured messaging services.

Looking ahead, Google planning to launch a new messaging application(s) dubbed Allo and Duo, one featuring none other than Google’s Assistant because chatbots are new again. You can either wait for the update to hit your Android device via the Google Play Store (recommended), or sideload the app by downloading from APKMirror here. Cheers.

Download on Google Play: Hangouts

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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