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Get Hangouts 2.0 with combined SMS and other KitKat APKs

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A bunch of other exciting install opportunities came out of the firmware teardown of Android 4.4 KitKat overnight, but perhaps the most exciting of all is the combined instant messaging/SMS/MMS capabilities of Hangouts version 2.0. Ron Amadeo from Ars Technica did the legwork based on the Nexus 5 firmware before KitKat gets pushed out to Nexus devices in the coming weeks. In case you missed it, KitKat will roll out to the Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, Nexus 4, Galaxy S4 Google Edition and HTC One Google Edition. But we can all enjoy the magic of the KitKat experience with these APKs you can get on your device right now.

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Hangouts v2.0 is simply the coolest of a whole range of KitKat goodies. / © Google

Google Hangouts v2.0.012

To get Google Hangouts v2.0 with SMS/MMS integration into the one messaging app, just install the hyperlinked APK, launch the app and turn on SMS in the Setttings and you're sorted. You'll now have both your Hangouts chats and SMS messages in the one app. A small icon on each conversation's profile picture will alert you if the message is an SMS. Swiping to the side will archive messages (retrievable from the Settings menu). You can share locations and animated GIFs too, but interestingly, while I could take videos and photos to attach to an SMS, I could only take photos in a Hangouts chat. Hitting the video icon in Hangouts also caused the app to crash, but keep in mind this APK came from the Nexus 5, so it's not exactly optimized for my Nexus 4. Here's some screenshots and don't forget the other KitKat APKs below.

AndroidPIT Hangouts Version2 1
The new Hangouts permissions and splash screen. / © NextPit/Google
AndroidPIT Hangouts Version2 2
SMS and Hangouts chats in one app, with SMS icon on text messages. / © NextPit/Google
AndroidPIT Hangouts Version2 3
Don't forget to turn on SMS to get the Hangouts look for your texts. / © NextPit/Google

Other KitKat APKs

There's a bunch of other APKs and ZIP files available too, like wallpapers, the new Google keyboard and camera app which will further bring the KitKat feel to your device. Not all of these have been tested, but if you have any questions, drop them in the comments and we'll look into it. As always, installing APKs from unknown sources poses some risk.

Nexus 5 Email 6.0 APK

Google Keep

Google Camera

Google Calendar

Nexus 5 Wallpapers 

Google Keyboard


Google TTS

DeskClock 3.0

There's more and more sweet stuff pouring out of the KitKat wrappers as we speak and we'll keep you posted with all the cool new apps and any further news about the rollout of Android 4.4 for your device. In the meantime, enjoy the fun of KitKat one piece at a time.

Have you installed any of the KitKat APKs yet? What fun stuff have you found so far?

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Kris Carlon

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Kris is a former AndroidPIT Editor who came to the team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Kris Carlon Nov 8, 2013 Link to comment

    Hey guys, the new Hangouts is officially available via the PlayS tore. We've got the APK link in a new article if the staged rollout hasn't reached you yet. It fixes the video call force close issue I had with the N5 APK. @John, I'd be interested to know if the official Play Store version still affects your cloud services or if you'll need to wait for KitKat for that to happen?

  • Kris Carlon Nov 6, 2013 Link to comment

    I hadn't heard about the third-party text disabling. How will that work if KitKat allows you to choose your text client? If you don't have your phone contacts synced with your G+ account then your contact pics will be whatever you've set them to be in your contacts. But if G+ is your sync account then all you need to do is go into the contact you want to change (in your People/Contacts app) and manually set a profile picture for them. Unfortunately this means you'll have to do it for all Hangouts contacts individually, but it's a fix for now.

  • Jerwin Lajara Nov 6, 2013 Link to comment

    Hnagouts pulls the profile pictures of your contacts from their g+ accounts and you have no option of using pictures from other services like Facebook or from your gallery? so if some of your contacts don't have g+ accounts, their pics will not appear?

  • John Lauer Nov 5, 2013 Link to comment

    It's worth noting that KitKat breaks all cloud texting apps. Android made a big move on the core SMS system and ultimately made Android more closed in the process. We're not sure why they did it. No other apps can write to the SMS database anymore, which was one of Android's strengths as an open platform. If you do the KitKat upgrade, it will break Zipwhip and other cloud texting apps like Verizon Messages, AT&T Messages, DeskSMS, etc.

  • Amat Mulisha Nov 4, 2013 Link to comment

    hangouts.and its work guys.but i use link not from here.

  • Johnattan Haddock Nov 3, 2013 Link to comment

    I installed the Hangouts apk and is great! thanks guys!

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