Google Hangouts iOS App: Animated GIFs & Calls

Oct 21, 2013 • 8:07 am | comments (3) by | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Google Hanoguts iOS App IconAny avid reader of this site knows I am a bit obsessed with animated GIFs, so when Kate Cushing, a product manager at Google for Google+ announced on, ummmm, Google+ that the iOS Hangouts app now supports animated GIFs, I took notice.

I rarely use Google+ on my iPhone, I do use it on Google Glass. But who knows, maybe I'll use it more. The new features include many of the Android features and a bit more, including:

  • See which of your friends is using Hangouts, and who can be reached right now
  • Call phone numbers from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (free to the US and Canada)
  • Make and receive calls using your Google Voice number
  • Send and receive animated GIFs that play inline
  • Hangouts will temporarily turn down your music (instead of stopping it) when you receive an incoming message

Here is how the animated GIF looks like in the iOS app:

Google Hangouts iOS App: Animated GIFs


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