Hangouts app updated to fix MMS issues

Hangouts app updated to fix MMS issues
Not all updates are going to bring the big banner features, but that doesn't make them any less important. (That may not be true, but we don't want to make all the bug fixes feel bad.) Google Hangouts for Android is getting a new update to fix some issues that users have been having with MMS messaging since the big version 2.0 update.

The app has gotten fixes to make sending and receiving MMS messages more reliable. It also has a new settings toggle to help with an annoyance where Hangouts would convert group messages to MMS, which could cause some users to be charged by their carriers. Now, you can turn that behavior off if you are one of those unlucky users. 

For the really advanced users, there is also now an option to manually configure your APN settings. Hangouts had automatically used its own APN settings when sending MMS messages, so if you had custom APN settings, you may have had problems with MMS messaging. This new option should help you sort that out. 

The update is rolling out in Google Play right now, but for the less patient of you, there are download links at the source.

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8. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

I hate hangouts. Talk was much easier to use and see if users were on. it didnt demand me to use my cell number (which when used completely disables txt-to-email) for hangouts. It didnt demand that i be come social online. Google is starting to piss me off with how hard they are pushing me to be social. Their push to be social is invading my privacy online. They think they are doing great things, and they are, just let me decide if i want to be social or not. Dont demand that i do so just because i use your service. I wouldnt be suprised if they dont have federal offices on site giving them direct access to whatever data they wanted and did so with a smile.

9. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

...then don't be social. Just do what you been doing and just stay using other messaging apps.

7. julz17ronald

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Finally, this update fix my problem with sending group sms.

6. wolverinexmen9

Posts: 112; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

I never sent a picture message from the Hangouts app until I got this update. I got nothing to worry about then. Haha

5. tyger11

Posts: 300; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Just checked, and it still does that. Dealbreaker. :(

3. tyger11

Posts: 300; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Does it let you have a 'return' key instead of a emoticon key? That is amazingly stupid, and the reason I had to switch.

2. Furbal unregistered

Now they just need to fix it not auto scrolling up after you text....(probably keyboard dependent)

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That is annoying agreed.

1. GeekMovement unregistered

Not sure if they already exist, but I hope hangouts can add more sms options like turning off the avatar of your contact (and user) next to every message sent and maybe some customization options for the appearance. I like the quick sliding feature to switch easily from the sms chat back to the list of threads. Nice that it's more reliable, haven't had the mms problem, but updates are welcome.

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