There were reports that the “Hangouts” was going to meet its end. Was it a rumor? It sounds like that, because, Google has updated the app with support for Android 7.1 with App Shortcuts. The hangouts app now allows you to carry out a few quick actions by long pressing the icon.
To try your hands on this latest feature, you will need to be on Android 7.1 or above with the latest beta version of Nova launcher or Google Now or Pixel launcher if you own a new Pixel Smartphone.
You will be able to start a new conversation more easily with this latest version. To start a new conversation, you will have to long-press the Hangouts icon in the app drawer or on your home screen. But, if you are using more than one account in your Android device, you will have to select “Choose account” option always.
The App Shortcut is available in the latest version of Hangouts and that is version number 14. Please let us know whether you are using Hangouts by commenting in the comments section below.
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