Hangouts is a first-party Google application designed to handle various types of messaging such as Google Talk, and more recently SMS and MMS. Hangouts is the successor the previously popular Google Talk, which it replaced back in August 2013. And right now, it’s probably the most popular messenger on Android.
Despite being such popular application, Hangouts lacks one major feature: a good widget. Instant access to messages should be a priority, and Google obviously failed to deliver this with decent widget support. But who said that there must be an official widget to support Hangouts?
XDA Senior Member RSenG2x made an unofficial widget that allows you to preview and create messages instantly. It has very nice, clear look, and does its job perfectly. You can also resize the widget, so that it doesn’t take up too much space on your home screen. Unfortunately, though, this app only works on Android 4.3 or higher, so not everybody will be able to use it.
If your device runs 4.3 or 4.4, you can get the newest version of the widget from the original thread. Make your Hangouts communication as fast and easy as it should have been from the beginning._________