What was once known as “Google Talk” has slowly transformed into Google Hangouts and now it’s changing again.
The update, which is rolling out now, will finally re-add a way for you to actually see who’s online and available to talk (which has been a personal annoyance of mine for quite some time now). A green icon means that they’re available.
Other improvements include the ability to browse your contacts when starting a new Hangout, an easier-to-navigate GUI and you can now hide people from the “New Hangout” screen if you want to ignore them. Just press their name for a few seconds and hit “Hide contact”.