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.

Updated: Intel's Honeycomb Reference Tablet: 8.9mm Thick, Medfield Inside

Paul Otellini showed this tablet off earlier today but we got a little more detail on it just moments ago. Intel has put together a 32nm Atom (Medfield) based...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Google: All Future Versions of Android Will be Optimized for Intel x86

Paul Otellini just showed off a Medfield based Android phone (running the "latest" version of Android) and immediately announced a development partnership with Google. Andy Rubin from Google just...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Schmidt Says Ice Cream Sandwich To Arrive October/November

Last Thursday, Eric Schmidt sat down for a keynote interview at Dreamforce '11, Salesforce.com's cloud computing conference held in San Francisco. The keynote covered a lot of history, several...

19 by Jason Inofuentes on 9/7/2011

Nexus S 2.3.6 Update Lands - Voice Fix Included

If you're a lucky owner of a Nexus S, Google's second flagship device that launched in December, chances are that you're well aware of the rather nagging voice search...

1 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 9/2/2011

Google Fiber Goes Live Near Stanford

Google announced last October that they would be beta testing their Google Fiber initiative in a small residential neighborhood affiliated with Stanford University, and one lucky Redditor posted the...

45 by Jason Inofuentes on 8/22/2011

Google Bolsters Music Beta With New Magnifier Blog

Google Music Beta, the search giant’s music streaming service, launched earlier this summer to tepid reviews before drifting into the background after the much-ballyhooed release of Spotify in the...

12 by Craig Getting on 8/19/2011

Observations on the Google-Motorola Purchase

If you've been on the Internet for very long today, you've probably already heard about this: Google intends to purchase Motorola Mobility Holdings for $12.5 billion, or about $40...

56 by Andrew Cunningham on 8/15/2011

Google Acquires Motorola Mobility

Google has just announced that they will acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (or more commonly known as just Motorola). Google will be paying $40 per share, which means a...

19 by Kristian Vättö on 8/15/2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE Review

Using a tablet outside of the home in areas where WiFi isn't prevalent is unbelievably frustrating. Sure it's nicer to use the larger screen of a tablet compared to...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/15/2011

Google Bringing Games to Google+

It was inevitable. Like Facebook before it, Google+ will have games. The online search leader recently announced their plans to “gradually roll out” gaming on their social network, which launched...

3 by Craig Getting on 8/12/2011

Google+ Traffic Declines As Novelty Wears Off?

Some of Google’s product launches distinctly remind me of this one South Park episode where Eric Cartman boosted visitor numbers at his theme park by artificially barring people from...

39 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 7/29/2011

Google+ Traffic Declines As Novelty Wears Off?

Some of Google’s product launches distinctly remind me of this one South Park episode where Eric Cartman boosted visitor numbers at his theme park by artificially barring people from...

39 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 7/29/2011

Google I/O 2011 Keynote: Updates for Phone, Tablet, TV and Accessories

Google’s I/O 2011 keynote may have suffered from a few choice leaks, namely the new Music service and Ice Cream Sandwich announcement, but Google still managed to include some...

22 by Nirdhar Khazanie & Jason Inofuentes on 5/10/2011

Sprint and Google Announce Nexus S 4G and Native Google Voice

Today kicked off the start CTIA 2011, and Anand is already over in Orlando, Florida covering the event. I'm missing out this time, instead working on a couple of...

16 by Brian Klug on 3/21/2011

Google Android 3.0 - Honeycomb Preview

The tablet market today is a far more interesting place than it was just over a year ago. Since the launch of the iPad, there hasn’t been a real...

66 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 2/21/2011

[Updated with Gallery!] Google's Android Event, with Honeycomb and more!

We're at Google's Android event here at Mountain View. Sumptuous breakfast aside, we expect Google to talk in-depth about their Honeycomb release, other updates to the Android ecosystem and...

18 by Mithun Chandrasekhar on 2/2/2011

Anand's Thoughts on Google's Chrome OS

Fifteen years ago if you wanted to write an application that would run on over 90% of the world’s personal computers, you only needed to target one OS. Today...

109 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/8/2010

A Busy Day for Android - Nexus S and Gingerbread (2.3) Officially Announced

As expected, today Google announced Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the Nexus S. Android 2.3 is the latest iteration of Google’s popular smartphone platform, and includes a number of immediately...

45 by Brian Klug on 12/6/2010

A Taste of Froyo: Google Android 2.2 Explored

Since last year, the Android platform has seen a string of sugary, feature-filled updates starting with Cupcake (v1.5), followed by Donut (v1.6) and finally Éclair (v2.0/2.1) in November 2009...

58 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 6/23/2010

The 2010 Google I/O Developer Conference Roundup

The 2010 Google I/O Developer Conference concluded last week in San Francisco. Of the multitude of announcements made, there were three important developments from a consumer perspective. These include Announcement...

22 by Ganesh T S on 5/28/2010

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