Confirmed: Google+ Hangouts will get SMS and outbound calling support "soon"
0. phoneArena 16 May 2013, 14:30 posted on
As you would (sadly) expect when a new product is released, people tend to move past the good points fairly quickly and focus on what is missing. When Google announced its new Google+ Hangouts integrated messaging system yesterday, there was a few minutes of people saying "Cool!" before the outcry became, "Where is SMS support?" Well, good news is that Google has confirmed that SMS support is coming "soon"...
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1. datsyuk (Posts: 134; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
This is great news. I don't think they'll do it because they don't want to mess with stock android but baking it into the default messenger would be amazing. Sign in with your google account and everyone will automatically get that sweet messaging interface and you'll be able to see when they're typing and it'll be so easy. I have a feeling like a lot of my friends who aren't tech savy will just use standard SMS and it would be awesome if every android phone would automatically get the Hangout SMS/messaging
2. Kjayhawk (Posts: 266; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
UPDATE: Dori Storbec took back her comment about SMS coming soon
4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2573; Member since: 26 May 2011)
She just got smacked by Google PR, because she let something slip that she shouldn't have. That's what "we have nothing to announce at this time" means.
3. jwoody86 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 May 2013)
Absolutely loving Hangouts...the cross platform integration and group messaging/video messaging on phone/computer is fantastic. Google dominates.
5. thekalbo (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Jun 2008)
There is a mobile number validation component to this app - which requires the ability to send/read sms so this permission does not prove anything (unfortunately).
6. pocketdrummer (Posts: 19; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
What are the good parts again?
It clunky compared to the minimalist GTalk.
It lacks SMS and calling.
It KILLED THE DESKTOP CLIENT (and with the desktop e-mail notifications)
It basically requires Chrome unless you want to log into Google+ (which nobody uses).
There are no good parts.