Back in August Google started signing out free Hangouts accounts on Android and iOS, marking the final nail in the coffin for the service. Google is encouraging users to switch the Google Chat which is one of the two apps that constitute the Hangouts replacement (the other being Google Meet). Over the last few months, Google has given a fresh coat of paint to many of its first-party apps. And now, the Google Chat app is also getting some love.
As spotted by Mishaal Rahman, the Google Chat app for Android is getting a new UI for the bottom bar that now hides all shortcuts under a button.
Looks like a new UI is rolling out for the bottom bar in Google Chat on mobile.
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) November 30, 2021
The old UI consolidated everything inside one large text box, with shortcuts for Gallery, Camera, Drive, Google Meet, and Calendar appearing right below the text area. As you can see in the gallery below, the new UI adds a pill-shap…