Today, Google held a little event about updates to Google+ which, OK maybe that's not the most exciting thing. But buried deep in there were some updates to the Hangouts app that are finally helping it follow through on its promise: an iMessage competitor you can put on anything.
First and foremost Hangouts will now support SMS! Hooray! The default Android messaging app is sure to die mighty soon (with an impending Android release, no doubt) and no one will miss it. But even though that might be enough, there's still more. Hangouts now also supports animated GIFs (as well it should) as well as location sharing through Google Maps. And the app is also getting HD video calls across all devices.