Latest Hangouts Update Brings More Animated And Fun Emoji

If you are running the latest version of Hangouts then you might have noticed a couple of little additions we did not have in the previous version. If you have not noticed them then read on. If you have not updated yet, then you might want to. You can download the APK for the latest version by clicking here. That is if you like emoji. These little icons have become big business recently. It is pretty likely you know someone who literally cannot hold a Hangout conversation without inundating you with small little yellow faces throughout. If you don't know anyone, then it is probably you inundating the people you know. Either way, these small emoji are getting increasingly popular.

Yesterday, Google on a Google+ post teased everyone suggesting there were a few hidden Easter egg type things happening with the latest Hangouts and they were not wrong. It seems they have updated a few of the emoji. Now when you type in some of the more generic phrases like "Happy Birthday" or "hahahaha" then you will see the emoji spring to life and into action. Instead of the more plain smiley face or cake appearing, the new emoji act out the phrase in an extremely cute manner. You can kind of see what to expect in the images below. Basically, type in the phase and the emoji will pop up at the bottom of the screen.

What's more, it seems the new update means you do not need to use a "/" slash to activate anymore. In addition, the emoji can be activated within a sentence and no longer need to be wrtitten alone. It is also worth noting that there also seems to be interchangeable emoji for the same words. So for instance, 'happy birthday' might illicit a dancing emoji or might bring up the birthday cake and candle. Overall, it seems the whole thing has received a massive update in function as well as in cuteness. So, have you tried them out yet? What do you think? We won't list all the keywords here as you will have much more fun trying to get them to work for yourself? So give it a go and let us know what keywords you find working.

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