The Apple Watch already supports a handful of messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger, Viber, BBM, and WeChat. Google's Hangouts instant messaging app, however, has yet to support Apple's popular wearable. But the latest update of Hangouts, version 6.1.0, seems to add the support for the Apple Watch.
Although it doesn't clearly say, Google Hangouts for iOS now allows users to reply directly from notifications, meaning the Apple Watch can respond to notifications from Hangouts, thanks to Apple's “quick reply” technology. Engadget was the first to spot the nifty feature.
Google Hangouts already works on the Apple Watch, but it only allows users to view messages. With the latest update, the messaging app works seamlessly on the Watch, allowing users to reply using predetermined or canned messages. You can also compose messages using your voice.
In addition to the capability to reply from notifications, the updated app now supports group names in notifications. Also, contact names are now included in Google Voice notifications. Of course, the update fixes a few bugs. Once you have downloaded the update, be sure to turn on the “Allow Notifications” and “Show in Notification Center” buttons.
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