It looks like Google will finally allow users to send video attachments on its Hangouts app. The feature has been available on iOS since earlier this year and will be coming to Hangouts version 11 for Android.
According to Android Police, the update will feature a new video camera button below the message bar. Just tap on it to record a video, then confirm to send it to the other party. Sadly though, there is no inline playback, which means that in order to view the video, the recipient will have to load a separate app to play it.
At the same time, Google also released an update to its Hangouts for iOS app, allowing users to send video recordings of up to two minutes. Android Police says that Hangouts for Android can send much longer videos though, they haven’t tested it extensively yet. Hangouts version 11 for Android also kills off merging of conversations completely.
The update isn’t available on Google Play yet. You can download the APK to get it before Google officially releases it, but 9to5Google reports that they couldn’t make it work, so it’s always a better choice to wait for the final and stable update.