Google Hangouts may lose carrier SMS/MMS support soon
posted by Michael H. / Dec 16, 2015, 8:26 PM
According to a source for Phandroid, the next version of Hangouts may remove the option to handle carrier SMS and MMS and urge users to download Google Messenger instead. That said, it sounds like those using Google Voice or Project Fi (which is still Google Voice) will still be able to use Hangouts for SMS/MMS, which is a good thing, since the Hangouts experience is far better than the all but abandoned Google Voice app. Messenger is a solid app though, so the change may not be too bad for others.
Still, the change doesn't make a lot of sense. Yes, Messenger is a better SMS experience than Hangouts, but many users do like the unified experience. Maybe Google thinks splitting it up will make things less confusing, but we're not sure.
What do think? Should Hangouts drop SMS support?
Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 18, 2009
Noooooo. I block sms for my Verizon # and strictly use my hangouts /Google phone number for texts. Eff my life if Google goes through with this
posted on Dec 16, 2015, 8:38 PM 3
Posts: 30; Member since: May 07, 2014
no. it wouldn't affect you at all. since you're blocking carrier SMS but using Google Voice SMS, you just keep using Hangouts the way you are now. Even if the Verizon SMS came through it wouldn't end up in your hangouts inbox anyway, so probably MORE of what you were after actually.
posted on Dec 16, 2015, 10:31 PM 2
Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012
Tried the hangouts but hardly anyone I knew use it. iMessage is awesome. Glad to be back on a stellar os.
posted on Dec 16, 2015, 8:54 PM 3
Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015
I wish Google would make something like iMessage
posted on Dec 16, 2015, 10:32 PM 3
Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 10, 2010
The good thing about Hangouts is that if you are on Android (particularly a modern version), Hangouts is native to the device and the users have access to it, so even if they are not using it, you could probably send them a message and at least a notification will pop up (just gotta make them aware of it). Also, iPhone people can get the app and you can chat back and forth. You can even video chat with them just like Facetime. I don't think Android has access to iMessage.
posted on Dec 17, 2015, 8:10 AM 0
Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014
Hangouts is meant to be google's version of iMessage, killing the integration would make it no better than Skype. That said, I wouldn't care if they ditched it, I never wanted google sniffing through my text messages. So, never used it unless the need arose, which has only been once when some user came across my app review and decided to contact me on hangout...
posted on Dec 16, 2015, 9:54 PM 0
Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013
let me get this right, you use an OS made by Google, you believe Google wants to sniff your messages, in order to prevent them from doing this you refuse using messaging apps made by Google, on their OS? good luck lol :)
posted on Dec 17, 2015, 1:20 AM 2
Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 2012
Why break the user experience as it is? I just don't get google sometimes. I'm guessing its not making them as much money as they want it to (however that works). All I can say, is please don't. I wont have two apps to do what one can do now, I'll just switch.
posted on Dec 17, 2015, 12:38 AM 0
I used messenger for quite a while and I have to say that when I tried Hangouts for sms, it seemed smoother for me. Not sure if it's because it sent messages faster or because of the smooth animations, but I wouldn't be too happy to go back to messenger personally.
posted on Dec 17, 2015, 1:05 AM 0
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