Juicy rumors: Hangouts to replace SMS on Android, Google working on Nexus devices for home automation

Juicy rumors: Hangouts to replace SMS on Android, Google working on Nexus devices for home automation
Google might be working on replacing SMS on Android with free messaging courtesy of Hangouts, and it could also be working on two radical new products - Nexus Leep and Nexus Shining. These are the latest rumors coming from Android Police co-founder Artem Russakovskii, but despite his confidence in them, he warns he does not have the evidence to prove them, just whispers from his sources.

With that disclaimer in mind, his revelations on Google’s plans are definitely exciting. Google’s big upcoming software announcement in Android 4.4 KitKat might be about a version of Hangouts that will replace SMS.

Think of this as something of an iMessage for Android, so that whenever you send a text message it simply gets transmitted via Hangouts rather than the standard SMS app. Supposedly, this should happen if both parties support Hangouts, and has been allegedly confirmed on at least a Nexus device. Moreover, Hangouts will now allow users to send video and not just images. It’s not clear whether all this will be tied to 4.4, but it seems likely that it will be a separate Android version-independent update.

The other big new thing Google is working on are two devices we only have the codenames of. The Nexus Leep and Shining might open brand new categories of gadgets. One of them, likely the Shining, is probably a Nexus-branded light switch. This could mean that Google is finally making its first baby steps in home automation.

We don’t know whether any of this will indeed get announced at the end of this month when the search giant is expected to unveil Android 4.4 KitKat and the new Nexus 5, but it well might. What do you think, which of these are you most excited about?

source: Artem Russakovskii

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31 Comments

3. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Will Hangouts be able to send messages to phones without Hangouts? Right now I'm still using Google Voice to send text messages to my family in the US. I only use Hangouts when I want to send a picture to my wife.

9. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

The answer is in the article.

19. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I want to know if people that have feature phones,(most of my family) will be able to send me a text straight to Hangouts like it does with Google Voice. The article doesn't say anything about that.

26. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

A feature phone with Android? It's a smartphone if it has WP8, BB10, Android, iOS, FFOS, and any of the current or standard OS out there. What happened to those flip phones that don't run any of that? What are they now?! You've genuinely intrigued me with the undergoing re-definition of the "feature phone" term. Oh, and I'm not being sarcastic at all.

30. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

The flip phones are now called feature phones. I found that out about a year ago from phonearena when i was looking to get the samsung brightside. I just called my env3 a dumb phone. All of my parents/older relatives use dumb phones(and always will). Since the military stationed me in the UK, the only way I can text them is through google voice. I would love to use hangouts for all of my texting needs but you can only send messages to other hangout users. What would be really awesome, is for hangouts to receive SMS messages, pictures and videos from feature phone users.

5. surethom

Posts: 1715; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Would this work if you do not have a data signal???

7. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I'm not sure how they would be able to do this. Hangouts and Voice both use some type of data to send your messages.

16. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Why don't you read the article before posting a comment???!!! Of course it won't work if the other phone does not have Hangouts or is offline, or if you're offline. But all these things could be handled automatically by the software, which could send a normal SMS if it's not possible to send the SMS via Hangout (at least, I hope they'll implement it this way).

20. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I think the main concern he had was from the articles mention of replacing SMS. Not everybody is familair with how Hangouts/imessage/google voice works.

23. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

that's a good question! and the article is based on a none confirmed info.

10. tomakali

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

guy to gf: im sorry i cant make it today(for dinner) gf reply: well cant you try? (to come for dinner) guy: yes im trying [Google Ads: Wanna try Viagara?] LOL... Now ads in text msgs too... Damn you google...

13. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Hahahah XD

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Sounds great. Should support all android devices rather than Nexus and should be able to send universal message.

15. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I love both IOS and Android but unfortunately both are copying Whatsapp. I Message on IPhone and now G hangouts.

25. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

No thanks. I like having my chatting app (hangouts) separate from texting.

28. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

You can download a messaging app from playstore if you dont want to use hangout... Simple

29. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Are there any good messaging apps that let you receive MMS messages?

31. HockeyDood

Posts: 80; Member since: May 14, 2010

Stahp it Google. If I wanted a device to think for me, I would have gotten an iPhail. Don't screw with my text messaging services.

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