This website described how to make a Hangouts contact. http://webcazine.com/9363/how-to-create-a-hangout-contact-shortcut-on-an-android-phone/

But it opens the contact in sms mode if Hangouts is also the default sms app.

Is there a way to create a direct Hangouts link that opens directly in Hangouts mode?

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This is now available as an option in Hangouts 7 which started rolling out in February 2016.

To create a shortcut...

  1. Open a Hangouts conversation.
  2. Tap the 3-dot overflow menu in the top-right.
  3. Tap "Save to Home Screen"

A conversation icon with will be placed on the home screen ready for quick access. It works great!

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