The Google Hangouts app for Android finally got the video messaging feature in the latest update where you can record a video up to sixty seconds on Android operating systems.
The video messaging feature was brought to Google Hangouts for iOS back in February 2014. The duration limit on video was increased from 10 seconds to 1 minute in March this year. The latest update further increases the duration limit to 2 minutes on iOS.
The platform-specific changes in updated iOS app are already listed on the App Store. However, the updated Google Hangouts app for Android is not yet listed on Google Play in India. But if you do want to try out video messaging, you can download the APK file of Google Hangouts (version 11) from APK Mirror website.
Version 11 of Android’s default messaging app adds the ability to send video messages, but Google has removed 'merged conversations', which showed Hangouts messages and SMS messages from the same user in a single conversation.
On its support page, Google has reasoned this change by saying, "Merged conversations used to let you see your Hangouts messages and text messages in the same conversation. We have decided to remove it, because it caused user confusion and had low usage."
However, the users will not lose any of the messages sent and can see them right there in Hangouts, the page says. Google said that the feature was removed because it caused confusion and had a low usage rate. This is part of a broader effort to improve the app's speed and performance.