Hangouts with SMS support starts rolling out through Google Play, iOS gets minor update
posted by Michael H. / Nov 07, 2013, 2:15 PM
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.
source: Android Police
One feature I would like is SMS separate from hangouts. I'm not really hanging for Google's ridiculous choice here.
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 2:32 PM 1
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What do you care, you don't use Android. What next, you want Apple to separate SMS from iMessage?
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 2:47 PM 6
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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?
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 3:44 PM 0
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. -_-
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 3:51 PM 0
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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.
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 4:13 PM 0
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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?
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 5:45 PM 0
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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).
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 8:25 PM 0
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Anybody know how to import you old message threads to hangouts? IM having trouble figuring it out.
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 8:38 PM 0
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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?
posted on Nov 08, 2013, 10:02 AM 0
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Get the APK download here. http://www.phonearena.com/news
posted on Nov 08, 2013, 10:18 AM 0
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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.
posted on Nov 08, 2013, 2:33 PM 0
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