Android to ditch Messaging app in favor of Hangouts for all your SMS/MMS messaging
posted by Victor H. / Oct 08, 2013, 3:29 AM
All of this functionality will appear as Google rolls out Hangouts version 1.3 in the near future. You’d be able to share not just texts and images, but videos as well. There will be a stamp to show when a message is sent via SMS/MMS.
The update is coming up soon and is likely to not be related to any particular Android version. In terms of timing, the release of the Hangouts update could come around the KitKat update time frame.
It’s not yet certain whether Hangouts will replace Messaging on all devices, but speculation points out that it might be an experiment that will first appear in the Nexus line. Time will surely tell us soon.
source: Android Police
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I like hangouts but its not widely used if that and having google + was mandatory all the better if u ask me! hangouts needs a UI overhaul tho.
posted on Oct 08, 2013, 3:40 AM 3
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So how will this work is you have no data connection??
posted on Oct 08, 2013, 4:08 AM 2
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I think it'll act as normal SMS service when there is no data connection and Hangouts when there is data connection. Still there is an option "Turn on SMS: Send and receive SMS with Hangouts" as per user requirement.
posted on Oct 08, 2013, 4:33 AM 6
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Copying the way iMessage is setup on an iPhone......
posted on Oct 08, 2013, 5:12 AM 6
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Wow. You must be a rabid fanboi. Stupidest comment I've seen it a while.
posted on Oct 08, 2013, 5:56 AM 13
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I agree with you, iMessage is the thing that most I miss on android devices. Hangouts lacks of features like: message read. I'm for a improved UI too, fingers crossed!
posted on Oct 08, 2013, 11:42 AM 1
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Google become evil. Geezzz... Whatever happen, native sms application is a must on every device. Do not ever lock user to use other than native function of sms. Still, some of us only can do mms to send pics, not all of people in this world had internet service. Srcoogle...
posted on Oct 08, 2013, 5:26 AM 4
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How do you send MMS without internet on a modern phone?
posted on Oct 08, 2013, 5:41 AM 9
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Use the phone's messaging function? iMessage has two modes - iMessage for numbers having an AppleID, and SMS/MMS for numbers without an AppleID. If there is an AppleID, the message gets sent using the data connection. No AppleID, the message gets sent via SMS/MMS. I imagine Hangouts will work in a similar way.
posted on Oct 08, 2013, 8:15 AM 1
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you are wrong, with iMessage its a complete data message, so if you turn off the mobile data and send an MMS it will sent through iMessage. you can iMessage with a mac, iphone and an ipad. no carrier data connection to mms with iMessage. All this assuming that your phone is connected to Wifi and not a carrier data connection
posted on Oct 08, 2013, 12:36 PM 0
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its cheaper not to use SMS and MMS, and google just put sms/mms in the same apps not remove sms and mms from your phone. and whats the point buying a smartphone if you dont have internet?? if you love the classic retro messaging with steep price per 160 character than better stick around with your feature phone
posted on Oct 08, 2013, 6:15 AM 2
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But will it look better.. The hangouts app now and Google plus really irks me its confusing
posted on Oct 08, 2013, 6:25 AM 0
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Right. Not a great app right now. I hate how you cannot tell who's actively online without going back to the contacts screen. I also do not like that I must sign up for Google+ in order to send photos through Hangouts.. so is this a sneaky way for Goog to get massive numbers of Android users to sign up? Not too cool. I like having my texts separately.. I generally don't text the people I chat with on hangouts, and the other way around. can one delete messages in hangouts as you can with texts??
posted on Oct 08, 2013, 9:34 AM 0
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you know why now ? one word: SKYPE :-) windows phone soon to be windows mobile RT
posted on Oct 08, 2013, 10:30 AM 0
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Hopefully the only time it uses data is not when only two people are both using Hangouts on Google+ because that will be still useless to me as NO ONE I know uses Google+ haha Honestly it needs to be like iMessage, automatically detect another Android phone (or iOS) on Hangouts and just put the messages over data.
posted on Oct 09, 2013, 2:39 PM 0
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