For all of you Mac owners that use Google Hangouts on a regular basis to chat with your friends, family and co-workers, the search giant is launching an update that might make you reconsider the official app.
While there a few popular options to use Hangouts outside of the official OS X Chrome app, like Adium, Google has slapped a fresh coat of paint and reworked the basic design to hopefully make it more appealing to its users. As you can see in the images, the newly updated app is sporting Google’s material design aesthetic, along with a much more simplified approach overall. Contacts sit along the left panel, with ongoing chats framed on the right.
Google’s Mayur Kamat recently took to his Google+ account to announce the news of the update saying: “New version of Hangouts Chrome App is out. Give it a try, especially if use Mac OS X.” Kamat went on to say that Windows, ChromeOS and Linux users can also give the new stuff a go and can disable transparent mode from within the settings menu.
According to reports some users already have the update pushed out to them, but for those that don’t, simply uninstall and reinstall the dedicated Chrome Hangouts app.