“The newest version of Hangouts for Android will be available for download this week in the Play store,” the company said in a statement.

The update comes with ‘merged conversations’ feature. The feature has the capability to combine SMSes and Hangout conversation from the same recipient into single conversation.

This also allows user to control whether to send a message via Hangouts or SMS with the flip of a switch. The different message types will be easy to tell apart in the conversation with the help of merged conversations.

Other features that this update brings along include: Simplified contact list, Homescreen widget and Performance improvements.

The company has also asked its users to review the update. “so download or update and let us know what you think,” it said.