Today, Google announced an update to Hangouts that brings some new features. The first mentioned is merging conversations, which brings feature parity with iMessage in that regard. Google has also improved contact sorting with phone and Hangouts sections as seen below, and added a homescreen widget to view messages on the homescreen. Google has also noted some reliability and performance improvements such as higher quality video chats and better SMS/MMS sending and receiving. Overall, nothing major seems to change with this update, but it does fix some points of friction for those that use the application.

Google I/O 2012 Keynote Day 1 - We're Here Live

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7 by Brian Klug on 6/27/2012

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15 by Jason Inofuentes on 6/27/2012

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700T) Review

Since the release of the first Eee Pad Transformer (can you believe it's only been about a year?), ASUS has released several members of the Eee Pad and Transformer...

112 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2012

Chrome Canary Fixes Rendering Issue with Retina MacBook Pro

If you read our initial analysis of the MacBook Pro's new Retina Display you will know that application support is necessary to get the most out of the display...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/12/2012

Google Selling Galaxy Nexus on Google Play Store for $399

It's been what seems like an eternity since Google stopped selling the Nexus One directly through google.com. Google struggled with support and logistics involved with selling a consumer electronic...

15 by Brian Klug on 4/24/2012

Google Announces Google Drive

Google has officially announced Google Drive, its long-rumored cloud storage solution that will be competing with Dropbox, Microsoft's SkyDrive, and other cloud sync and backup services. The service, which...

20 by Andrew Cunningham on 4/24/2012

Chrome 18 Released to Stable Channel

Google Chrome 18 is working its way out to users' computers today after its release to the stable channel. As usual, the update brings a number of small feature...

12 by Andrew Cunningham on 3/30/2012

Google and Mozilla Working on Metro-Enabled Browsers, Opera May Follow Suit

Both Mozilla and Google have confirmed to various sources that they have begun (or are planning to begin) work on Metro-style versions of their Firefox and Chrome browsers for...

11 by Andrew Cunningham on 3/13/2012

Google Chrome 17 Hits Stable Channel

It's been a busy week for Google Chrome - Google today posted Chrome 17 to the stable channel, two days after releasing the first Chrome beta for Android 4.0...

15 by Andrew Cunningham on 2/8/2012

Google Releases Chrome For Android - Updated

It has finally happened; Google has officially released Chrome for Android. In typical Google fashion, the browser is currently in beta and requires Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to...

30 by Saumitra Bhagwat, Andrew Cunningham & Brian Klug on 2/8/2012

Samsung Galaxy Nexus & Ice Cream Sandwich Review

The evolution of Google’s Nexus line is an interesting one. Each year, Google chooses both a silicon partner and an OEM to make a unique hardware archetype which it...

187 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/18/2012

Archos 70b IT Arrives with Honeycomb for $200

In our review of the Kindle Fire, we called it the best $199 tablet on the market, but Archos has given us a reason to reconsider that statement with...

12 by Vivek Gowri on 1/4/2012

Google Chrome 16 Released

We've done this a couple of times before, so here's the short version: a new stable version of Chrome is out. As usual, it adds a notable feature and...

13 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/14/2011

Galaxy Nexus & Ice Cream Sandwich: Initial Performance Analysis

The road to Google's Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is finally nearing its destination. As of yesterday, the Samsung made Galaxy Nexus went on sale in...

70 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/18/2011

Motorola Mobility Shareholders Vote to Approve Google Merger

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3 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/18/2011

Chrome 15 Released to Stable Channel

Six weeks after the release of Chrome 14, Google today released Chrome 15.0.874.102 to the stable channel - current Chrome users should be getting it now or soon, and...

27 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/25/2011

Google Introduces Us To Ice Cream Sandwich

When I said it would be a busy fall, I didn’t expect us to be covering two big announcements in one day, or three/four/five, depending on how you choose...

39 by Jason Inofuentes on 10/18/2011

Motorola Droid RAZR Performance Preview: A Faster Browser

When we published our preliminary iPhone 4S performance results we pointed out that the current state of stock Android (2.3.x) browser performance is pretty bad. Google improved browser performance...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Jason Inofuentes on 10/18/2011

Samsung and Google Cancel Unpacked Event - May Delay Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich

Google and Samsung had scheduled an event, Unpacked: Google Edition, for October 11th, but the companies today reported that the event has been canceled. It was expected that Samsung...

30 by Kristian Vättö on 10/7/2011

Google Chrome 14 Hits Stable Channel

Google Chrome 14 has just made the switch from the beta channel to the stable channel, meaning that the new update is quietly replacing Chrome 13 on many of...

18 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/16/2011

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