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I have started using hangouts now that it has merged in with all my sms messages and it's cool.

However i was wondering if someone could explain the indicators that show up at the bottom left of the screen to me?

I currently know:

  • TinyPortrait(transparent) = current point user has read to
  • Dots (...) = user is typing

Unknown

  • TinyPortriat(Solid) = i thought this might mean they are up to date, but considered it could be that they are watching the screen?
  • Small Phone Icon = No idea what this means.

Are there any others?

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TinyPortriat(Solid): The user is reading the conversation.

Small Phone Icon: This indicates that the user is using the hangouts app on a mobile device.

TinyPotrait (Faded): The user read your messages above the icon.

  • Interesting, why does this seem to be intermittent, does it mean they have the app open at that point? – 4imble Apr 30 '14 at 15:24
  • They have the app open and are looking at your messages – Ruben Roy Apr 30 '14 at 15:26
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There also seems to be a little green phone handset (unlike the white full phone mentioned in my question), indicating they are in a call.

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I believe the solid green means you are using Hangouts and the person is online.

The SMS indicator means you are texting instead of using Hangouts.

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The green phone icon means the user is in a call with someone else. It goes away once they hang up

  • This answer has been mentioned on existing answer without adding substantial new information. Please prevent posting a duplicate answer. – Andrew T. Aug 27 '15 at 1:14

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