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

0. phoneArena posted on 08 Oct 2013, 03:29

We heard the rumor about Google abandoning its Android messaging app altogether, and now substantial evidence has surfaced that Google Hangouts…

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posted on 08 Oct 2013, 03:40 3

1. KParks23 (Posts: 679; Member since: 13 Oct 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 06:21

11. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 04:08 2

2. surethom (Posts: 954; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 04:33 6

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 13:51

24. ghaniosman (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 05:12 6

4. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 05:56 13

7. NexusPhan (Posts: 632; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 06:09 7

8. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

I just laugh at that kind of stupidity..

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 06:31 11

13. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 11:42 1

19. DAddYE (Posts: 48; Member since: 04 Oct 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!

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 12:02 1

21. NexusPhan (Posts: 632; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 13:30

23. DAddYE (Posts: 48; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


posted on 08 Oct 2013, 17:57 1

26. blazee (Posts: 414; Member since: 02 Jan 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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 05:26 4

5. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 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.


posted on 08 Oct 2013, 05:41 9

6. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 08:15 1

14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:34 1

17. NexusPhan (Posts: 632; Member since: 11 Jul 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 12:36

22. Gdrye (Posts: 111; Member since: 02 Jan 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

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 15:21

30. andynaija (Posts: 982; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 18:00 2

27. blazee (Posts: 414; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 06:15 2

9. artealis (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 06:16

10. fistigons (Posts: 354; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 06:25

12. Jklaz (Posts: 159; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 09:34

15. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 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??

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:50

18. kozza3 (Posts: 715; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

quick! better switch to Windows Phone!

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:30

16. sw9056 (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Dec 2012)

you know why now ?

one word: SKYPE :-)

windows phone soon to be windows mobile RT

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 19:23 1

28. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Microsoft ruined Skype.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 11:52

20. Android4Ever (Posts: 86; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 14:57 1

25. theruleslawyer (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 14:39

29. datsyuk (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jan 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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