You can now reply to Hangout messages on your Apple Watch

1 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Hangouts adds Apple Watch support.

Google has updated its Hangout app to allow you to reply direct from the Notifications screen – and as Engadget noted, that also means you can now send replies from your Apple Watch.It appears that Google’s iOS development team is back from its vacation this past Thanksgiving weekend — or at least the members of Apple’s App Store review team that handle updates to Google’s iOS apps are. What is listed in the update, however, is the ability to “Reply directly from notifications.” For Hangouts, this consists of a number of pre-existing responses to choose from.

As usual with Watch apps, that means either choosing from a range of canned responses, or dictating a reply using Siri … Gameplay recording and streaming app Twitch has also been updated for iOS users, bringing its private message feature Whispers to the platform for the first time, after initially trialling it on Android. Version 6.1.0 of the iOS app includes group names in notifications, the inclusion of contact names in Google Voice notifications, and some accessibility bug fixes. That said, Google hasn’t historically taken too long to make sure there’s parity between the 2 platforms, so it shan’t be long before we are hooked up with the same goods. But while the Sheets spreadsheet app and the Slides presentation app have been updated with bug fixes and performance improvements only, the Docs word-processing app has been updated with several new features in addition to those.

Unfortunately it’s time to get used to this folks, because despite cries for change Google has shown they’re more interested in bringing new features fast no matter which platform gets them, and for one reason or another that platform just happens to be iOS in recent times. Google has also just improved Google Classroom, the official iOS app of its classroom modernization initiative that allows teachers to create and receive assignments, and students to quickly and easily see what projects are due at anytime.

The new version of the app also offers faster loading of the course, assignment, post and question views, and saving of pending private messages when entering a draft grade. See also: Google Drive updated with support for 3D Touch and iPad multitasking, Get your Star Wars fix early on Google Cardboard, and Google’s search and social networking apps for iOS updated with tweaks.

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