Google to ditch SMS support in Hangouts for Android effective May 22
by Cosmin Vasile / Mar 23, 2017, 9:23 PM
It looks like Google can't decide what route to take when it comes to Hangouts. The messaging service suffered many changes during the development cycle, so the fact that it's going to go through another one shouldn't surprise anyone.
However, this time Google has decided to ditch one of the features that made Hangouts a multipurpose messaging app. Although Google has yet to confirm the information, it appears that SMS support will be removed from Hangouts for Android.
Google had sent emails to G Suite administrators warning them that a message will appear to Hangouts users starting March 27, which will confirm SMS support will be completely removed from the Android app on May 22.
It appears though that Google Voice numbers will continue to be supported after May 22, as the change will only affect SMS messages sent and received from carrier phone numbers.
Starting March 27, Hangouts users on Android will be prompted to choose another default messaging application that's already installed on their smartphones. If none are available, then they will be immediately redirected to Google Play store to find another SMS messaging app they can use.
Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016
GG Google. You've managed to completely convolute the process of messaging another person, once again. For such a successful company, they sure make a lot of clueless decisions when it comes to consumer needs.
posted on Mar 23, 2017, 9:31 PM 2
Posts: 2223; Member since: Jan 16, 2011
yeah, but apple also with iMessage... I don't understand why both companies went off on their own bu11s**t journey when the basic SMS functionality is all anyone needs...
posted on Mar 23, 2017, 10:05 PM 1
iMessage is built into the native stock Messaging app on the phone, not really the same. Hangouts comes preinstalled on devices alongside with the device's messaging app, so 2 different apps. iMessage's implementation is the prime example of the proper way to do it
posted on Mar 24, 2017, 10:38 AM 1
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Lol, are they that desperate to cut back on the appeal of their services? The one feature of allo and duo are asking for, they still haven't implemented it in those, yet they go and remove it from their earlier messaging platform? Google slowly scroogling itself...oh well, I just keep appreciating my decision to never use any google service for personal stuff.
posted on Mar 23, 2017, 9:35 PM 1
Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015
Means it will be up in allo soon
posted on Mar 23, 2017, 9:44 PM 1
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They now handed SMS to Android Messenger or Messages (i forget) so I don't know. They need to bring it all into one if they're going to get a successful app. They have to have a plan with RCS or else this is going to look grim
posted on Mar 24, 2017, 8:56 AM 0
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Will then Hangouts will be almost useless to me now. In my case, my google voice number was only supplementary to my real number as a way to save on texts and minutes as I'm sure it is for most people. Thanks google for making me latch on to another one of ur useless apps that I'll rarely use.
posted on Mar 24, 2017, 12:11 AM 1
Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010
this is so stupid. why not copy something apple has done well and create gmessage. allow everyone to message one another on the android platform for free. without resorting to a pay service, a seperate number or even an app. install gmessage default on every phone. allow mms, emoticons, theme's and make it simple
posted on Mar 24, 2017, 7:00 AM 2
Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 11, 2016
Dear Google... Hangouts is a symbol of your problems. Hangouts is awesome. It is a great internet messaging app. It goes beyond the capabilities of iMessage and Facebook Messenger and Skype. It is awesome for internet messages, for group chats, for actual videoconferencing with fantastic abilities whether you are on a computer or a phone or tablet. Downside - you need a Google account. So what do you do? You create Allo and Duo. Downside - It is not iMessage with a SMS and Message flow... so you create it. Awesome. But now you take it away? Use Messager instead??? Downside - Businesses don't really use it. Should we market it? No - let's make a different app for businesses. Google - MAKE UP OUR MIND!!!! (Yes, I used "our" on purpose."
posted on Mar 25, 2017, 10:14 AM 0
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