The Hangouts extension for Chrome now functions like a standalone app
Google has started rolling out a nifty update for its Hangouts extension for the Chrome desktop browser.
It's rolling out in waves and showed up for me today. It's pretty slick and looks like the native Android app. The latest version will scan for incoming messages even when it’s closed. It also opens in a separate window that can be pinned to the dock/taskbar, so you can easily access Hangouts when Chrome isn’t running.