Google is once again firming its position so it can continue supporting its iOS apps, and doing it beautifully. 

The maker of Android released a big "version 2.0" update of its Hangouts for iOS messaging app on Thursday, bringing a look that gels well with iOS 7, along with much need iPad optimisation. It actually looks pretty snazzy. 

The iPad user interface for the Hangouts app is a two-column approach like the iMessage app on iOS. On the right you can see your conversations with friends and co-workers, and on the left is where the chat takes place.

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With the update, Google has also added the option to record and send video messages of up to 10 seconds long, send animated "emoji" stickers, or a map of your current location on both the iPhone and iPad. Of course, you can also utilise the voice calling that was added in late-2013

Google launched its Hangouts platform in May 2013, replacing three other messaging services it had at the time. The goal is to create a cross-platform messaging service that supports voice, text and video. 

The update is now available on the iTunes App Store.