Google yesterday announced a significant update for Hangouts, a service which was started earlier this year. Starting with the latest update, Hangouts will allow Android users to send text messages. In addition, video chatting can now be done in HD with all your friends, for free. Messaging isn't the only new service that has been integrated into the app. Users can quickly share their location on Google Maps with the touch of an icon. Sharing and playing animated GIFS can now be done directly from within the app, so don't hesitate to share a funny GIF the next time you spot one. Also, Google's new 'Auto Awesome' features will trickle their way into Hangouts, enhancing your video call experience with better image quality and more lively colors. How about that?