Google Hangouts may lose carrier SMS/MMS support soon

Google Hangouts may lose carrier SMS/MMS support soon
Google Hangouts had its issues as an SMS/MMS app, but Google has pretty well sorted them out. Even so, it sounds like Google may be giving up on having Hangouts handle SMS, if a new rumor is to be believed. We're hoping that this is another test and Google doesn't go through, because Hangouts has turned into a solid all-around app.

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?

source: Phandroid

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21 Comments

1. YARDIE87

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

6. Dave.Weinstein

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.

2. jeroome86

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.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17480; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Downgrade.

7. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I wish Google would make something like iMessage

11. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I wondering the same thing why can google have google voice work like imessage, it id one of the reason I still keep iphone/ipod around for facetime relatives.

18. manzer

Posts: 62; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

I'm Android all the way, but yeah. Wouldn’t that be nice. When Hangouts first came out, I thought this was finally it. After too many lost messages and hiccups, I went onto something else

19. Tycoon

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.

4. MrElectrifyer

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...

15. shahrooz

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 :)

16. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Not just avoid using their app, control the others with DisableService and XPrivacy :) Too many spyware nodes in Android...iOS, just restrictive all around and less transparent.

5. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

No way! It's the best combo there is! They better leave it alone.

8. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Typical of Googhoul: concoct a great idea, botch its implementation, mire it with more bugs, ditch it after losing interest.

9. Unordinary unregistered

Lmao good. Too many issues. Make something better and stock like iMessage.

10. MANOFSTEEL

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Nobody use it compare to whatssapp and viber they're way superior

12. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

What is a Hangout?

13. steelew

Posts: 221; 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.

14. GeekMovement unregistered

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.

17. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Messenger is better overall so I'm not concerned

20. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

No wonder Google has been removing all the good features (like the widget) from hangouts. Now I have a feeling Hangouts will wither on the vine, while the messaging app gets all the new features.

21. dshirley21589

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 12, 2015

No, no,... god no... noooooo. (Office reference)

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