Hangouts 4.0 arrived a few months to Android but according Deek Ross, the version 5.0 will be released very soon and brings with it some new features and improvements. Most improvements is based on the speed and efficiency of the app. The following list has been published by Ross in his Google+ profile, and he even suggests that we may see some differences at the visual level:
- Sending messages lag: Gone.
- Loading conversation lag: Gone.
- Main screen conversation update lag: Reduced.
- Hangouts splash screen: Included.
- Pop-up ‘signed in as’: Now in white.
- GIFs: They work!
- Dogfood icon: Removed.
- Is it coming today: Shrug emoji.
There are no further information on when it will arrive but we will wait for news very soon.