Android to ditch Messaging app in favor of Hangouts for all your SMS/MMS messaging

Android to ditch Messaging app in favor of Hangouts for all your SMS/MMS messaging
We heard the rumor about Google abandoning its Android messaging app altogether, and now substantial evidence has surfaced that Google Hangouts will now handle all of your SMS and MMS messaging. After Google ditched the separate Google Plus Messenger application replacing it with hangouts, it will now delegate even more responsibilities into Hangouts as your texts will appear there.

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



1. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

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.

11. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

finallllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy​yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy god what took so long for google to figure this out?

2. surethom

Posts: 1715; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

So how will this work is you have no data connection??

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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.

24. ghaniosman

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

will google ever ask anything to its consumers or just they do what they wanna do then dump it on us???


Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Copying the way iMessage is setup on an iPhone......

7. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Wow. You must be a rabid fanboi. Stupidest comment I've seen it a while.

8. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

I just laugh at that kind of stupidity..

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Except that this will be a cross platform app unlike Apple who thinks the world starts and end with their ecosystem !

19. DAddYE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

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!

21. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Hangouts has had a "message read" feature from day 1....

23. DAddYE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 04, 2013


26. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Yea it has, the persons icon shows how far the person has read up to. The icon also shows if someone has the app opened when they are typing

5. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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...

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

How do you send MMS without internet on a modern phone?

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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.

17. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Incorrect. All MMS, both iMessage and through the carrier, require data to be sent. Try trying off your mobile data and sending an MMS. It won't work.

22. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

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

30. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Ok duhh it's still an internet connection (-_-)

27. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Try sending an MMS with data connection off first before you comment. All MMS is send through data

9. artealis

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

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

10. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Sweet. This answers all the questions I had from the last article.

12. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

But will it look better.. The hangouts app now and Google plus really irks me its confusing

15. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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??

18. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

quick! better switch to Windows Phone!

16. sw9056

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

you know why now ? one word: SKYPE :-) windows phone soon to be windows mobile RT

28. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Microsoft ruined Skype.

20. Android4Ever

Posts: 89; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Not a problem for me at all because I send/receive all my messages/pics through FB messenger...

25. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

I just hope I can send all my texts through my GV number using it. Might mean MMS via GV finally.

29. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

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.

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