Hangouts 5.0 squashes bugs, kills off home screen widget

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 12 Oct 2015

Hangouts 5.0 is now ready for the taking. But get ready to say farewell to the home screen widget hello to a new splash screen.

so, much of this release is primarily focused on squashing bugs making a few minor tweaks. Outside of a new shade of green in one instance, though there weren’t any major, notable changes to the design.

google hangouts 5.0

has killed off the 3×3 home screen widget.

ke some of ’s other apps, Hangouts now launches with a splash screen. I sent a few messages didn’t notice any major differences, though 9to5 notes a lot of fixes for lag. The animations still don’t seem as smooth as they ought to be, though of course that may vary by device.

You can wait for the rollout to hit the ay Store, or grab it now from A Mirror.

The impact on you: Hangouts has truly been a mixed bag. It’s great for keeping conversations in sync across platforms, but the Android version has always been on the buggy side. Hopefully this release will fix a lot of that, as still has a ways to go when it comes to taking on other tech giants in the world of messaging.