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No SMS/MMS support for Google Babel/Hangouts?

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No SMS/MMS support for Google Babel/Hangouts?
On Saturday, we passed along some information from a source who had proven reliable in the past, about Google's rumored unified messaging system. The source, who posted the information on The Verge, passed along word that the service would be called Hangout and would feature an icon similar to Google Messenger except that it would be green. He added that the whole messaging system would be dressed up in the Holo UI.

On Sunday, the tipster updated his post, adding a revision of the name of the service to Hangouts (plural). In addition, he let it be known that there will not be any SMS/MMS sync, at least not if the variant of the app that is being "dogfooded" is the final version. And with the launch about 10 days away, according to the source, it doesn't look good for the inclusion of the messaging platforms.

There is also some other information that he passed along yesterday, including the word that Google Now will start getting "location-based reminders" such as "Remind me to call Ropierre when I get home." He added that Gmail will have a revamping of its UI, which will end up "holofied" so that a swipe from the left brings you access to inbox, drafts, and labels. As for Android 4.3, he said that it has already been seen in server logs.

If he is right about the launch date of what will be called Hangouts, it won't be too long until we hear from Google about this.

source: TheVerge via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 06 May 2013, 01:12 2

1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

aw, i was hoping that it would have SMS/MMS support so i'd just have one unified messaging service. o:

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:50

5. gustavoace (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

They cannot include babel as primary SMS/MMS service. It may have this function (same as facebook has), because gApps is not necessary for android (despite FairSearch says it does) and in some markets, like China, they use a complete different suit of apps.

posted on 06 May 2013, 01:41

2. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

Google never finishes anything properly..... since gmail :(
At least still much better than competition.

posted on 06 May 2013, 03:52

3. roscuthiii (Posts: 2233; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Isn't there already a Google product/service called Hangouts, or some such???

posted on 06 May 2013, 23:41

6. Astro551 (Posts: 46; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)

Yeh Google Hangouts is their video calling service. Unless they have some rebranding going on the final name will probably change.

posted on 07 May 2013, 02:31

7. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

1) chat
2) desktop sharing
3) desktop control
4) multi video calling
probably the best solution except for some problems with connection

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:32

4. greyhulk (Posts: 162; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)

So, then we're just getting Google Talk 1.1? If it doesn't do SMS, what good is it? I thought it was supposed to be an iMessage competitor.

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