Hangouts with SMS support starts rolling out through Google Play, iOS gets minor update

Hangouts with SMS support starts rolling out through Google Play, iOS gets minor update
One of the more anticipated updates has been SMS support coming to the Hangouts app. Google announced the update a few days before the Nexus 5 went on sale and Android 4.4 was announced. The Nexus 5 has been the first device to have the updated app, but it looks like the rollout of the update has begun in Google Play.

The official change log for the app mentions a few updates that will be coming to all Android devices running 2.3 Gingerbread and higher. On that side will be the support for animated GIF sharing, location sharing, and new status options. Users will now be able to share what device you’re on, whether you’re on a call, or your current mood. The app should also include bug fixes for crashing video chats. 

But, the updates that many users want are support for SMS and MMS, but those features will only be available on devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and higher. Once you get the update, you'll be able to import all of your messages to the app and start group MMS conversations. One thing to note is that Hangouts, unlike iMessage, keeps SMS and IM chats separate, so you'll have to make sure you're using the service you want when messaging someone. 

The iOS version of Hangouts has also been updated, but the only update it gets are the new status messages. It doens't have the SMS, GIF, or location features.

If you want to get in on the action a bit faster, there are APK download links at the source, or you can just wait for the update to roll out to your device. 

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26 Comments

1. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

One feature I actually like is the swipe to archive one. it's really good.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

One feature I would like is SMS separate from hangouts. I'm not really hanging for Google's ridiculous choice here.

3. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

That's the beauty of Android... If you don't like it, just swap it out for a different sms app. How cool is that!

4. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Hangouts is actually not bad at all. It works exactly the same as the typical SMS stock app. There really is no learning curve on how to use it. No complaints here!

6. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

What do you care, you don't use Android. What next, you want Apple to separate SMS from iMessage?

7. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Right...blah blah blah, I think it's ridiculous that Apple does not separate SMS from iMessage! I like using two apps to do the things one app can do!

13. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

They are kept separate.

22. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

That app isn't working properly for me anyways. Missed quite a few notifications for SMS so far. Needs improvement.

5. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

If they integrate SMS and IM, and maybe fix MMS sending issues that Android still always has then it will be perfect.

8. lexingtonsteeley

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

I'd rather them in the same app, there's just too many messaging apps these days, Facebook, Whatapp, hangouts, sms, and all my friends seem to be on something different. I just think, the current implementation of this needs work. On my Nexus 5, i was hoping that it would be more like Imessage where the app detects the appropriate protocol seamlessly ( either sms or data ). Instead its more like a combined inbox, disappointing... not sure if both parties need to be running the latest version?

10. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Exactly. It needs to automatically detect another Google account when SMS and just switch over, you can have the option to SMS, but automation will make it good.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Been using this app since last week. One thing I don't like is pictures, for some reason, aren't sending when they're sent through Hangouts but send using the stock 4.3 SMS app. -_-

11. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Sending pics Works fine for me and everyone I'm in the group chat with.

15. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I had the same problem on my N5 when I got it, so I sent Hangouts to the bench and grabbed 8sms from Play. It works like a champ.

12. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

voicecall, sms, emails, instant messengers and skype are getting redundant. why do we need to constantly switching different apps to communicate? they should create one app that does it all and reduce all form communication down to three: messaging, voicecall, videocall. i think thats what google is aiming to do with hangout. if anyone can pull it off it is google.

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This is coming along nicely. With the updated keyboard it's starting to feel complete even though there's room to grow.

16. Jason2k13

Posts: 1445; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

so with installing through an APK, does it still get official future updates? Or do i need to remove it once a newer version from the playstore comes out?

18. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

it suppose to get you the future updates but if it doesn't then just uninstall when you see that they update it past your version by then it will not be a need for the actual APK version

17. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

I had to add the APK file since the actual normal one from the play store only gives me the regular hangout and didn't come with the added feature for the SMS/MMS intergration. I have issue with the MMS not sending at all for some reason, so I end up having to go to the actual messaging app that was built into it to send my messages but that only for picture mails. Other than that the app works fine, not much issue and I got all my features in one and can seperate my hangouts with actual text messages finally without going to other apps (besides the picture mail issue).

19. XT3X12

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Anybody know how to import you old message threads to hangouts? IM having trouble figuring it out.

20. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

once it goes to SMS it should automatically bring them into the hangout application like any texting application does

21. kiefer1993

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Someone help me. It says any device 4.0 and up. I have a Galaxy S4 4.3. Hangouts has updated to have ams integration but, i just don't see the option. can someone help me =(

23. 90ninjas unregistered

Its not available.

24. Phaze0085

Posts: 124; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I donr get it. Im running 4.2.2, but when i do the update to Hangouts 4.0, it still doesnt give me SMS. The only way I get it is through the APK download?

26. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I wasn't receiving MMS messages and none of my MMS recipients were getting my MMS messages. Had to "Uninstall Update" (on a side note, this is an awesome feature by Google.) Switched back to Stock Messaging, but I just DL'd SuperText, which works really well.

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