Google has released Hangouts version 9 for iPhone and iPad, bringing a native iOS share extension and new Low Power Mode functionality to the social app.
Starting with the latest update, users can share content over Hangouts on iOS without being in the app. Just activate the newly added Hangouts extension by tapping the share/action button (box with arrow) on an app like Safari or Photos, then tap ‘More’ at the end of the row of colored app icons, toggle Hangouts on and position it wherever you prefer.
As long as you’re logged in to Hangouts, tapping this new extension will allow you to share photos, videos, notes, URLs, and more from apps like Safari, Chrome, Photos, and Notes to your contacts in Hangouts. The extension brings up a new menu that lets you confirm which account you want to send from as well as which contacts you want to share with.
According to the release notes (below), Hangouts 9 also includes a new Low Power Mode behavior which will suspend video sharing during calls when your iPhone enters iOS 9’s Low Power Mode state. Low Power Mode isn’t available on iPads.
What’s New in Version 9.0.0
● Share extension – share text, links, pictures and video from other iOS apps
● Automatically turn off video when in low power mode
Despite being enhanced for iOS 9, Hangouts still lacks iOS 9 multitasking features like Split View and Slide Over for now at least. Still, the newly added extension appears well implemented and the Low Power Mode enhancement is a clever and responsible feature considering the power saving mode is optional.
Grab the latest version of Hangouts for iOS for free from the App Store.
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Sure took a long time for Google to add Hangouts to the iOS Share Sheet. Google actually does pretty well with making a lot of their services iOS-friendly, but Hangouts is an exception. I don’t know why anyone would bother with it.