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Thursday, February 27, 2014, 06:05 pm PT (09:05 pm ET)

Google Hangouts updated with iPad and iOS 7 optimization, new video options

Google on Thursday updated its all-in-one Hangouts messaging app, bringing optimizations for Apple's latest iOS 7, new features for iPad and overall usability enhancements.

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With the latest Google Hangouts, the Internet search giant's messaging service hits version 2.0 and gets a fresh coat of iOS 7-style paint with all-new features designed specifically for the iPad.

Perhaps one of the most significant additions is the ability to record and share ten-second video messages with friends and groups. Both recording and viewing is accomplished in-app.

As for iPad-specific enhancements, Hangouts now supports picture-in-picture video calling, which basically turns the app into a free iOS video conferencing service.

Other improvements include sending a map of a user's current location and animated "stickers."

Google Hangouts is a free 24.2MB download for free from the iOS App Store.