As part of Google’s ongoing “all roads lead to Google+” project, we saw Hangouts take on a bold new role with the launch of Android 4.4 KitKat, becoming the platform’s default text messaging client. While the transition has largely been without issue, we have caught wind of a few hiccups here and there; luckily, Google’s not about to start getting stingy with updates, and today releases one for Hangouts that starts doing something about some of those extant problems.
One issue concerned how Hangouts dealt with sending a text to multiple users; rather than giving senders the option to use SMS, it forced them to use MMS instead. With this update, that becomes a configurable option.
We also see the addition of an option to attempt re-importing SMS messages, in case some haven’t been showing up properly for you, and the addition of user-configurable APN settings, where previously Hangouts insisted on using its own baked-in APN options.
This is all a good start, but there’s still more work to be done; we haven’t yet heard of any fix for that emoji-overload DoS bug, for instance.
The new Hangouts 2.0.2 is currently rolling out to users.