Next Version of Google Hangouts Might Eliminate SMS/MMS Messages Feature [Rumor]

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  1. dgstorm

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    While many of us don't use Google Hangouts as their SMS/MMS messaging app of choice, there are still a great number of folks out there who do. If the latest rumor is true, those who use Hangouts for text messaging could be in for a rude surprise.

    The intel suggests that Google will remove the (carrier/native) SMS/MMS features from Google Hangouts in the next update to the app. This would mean that Google will officially separate that functionality into Hangouts and the Google Messenger App. The good news about that is that Messenger is actually a well rounded and is a more fleshed out SMS/texting app, so it shouldn't be too difficult of a transition for most folks.

    Here at HQ, most of us already use Messenger separate from Hangouts anyway. How about you folks?

    We will keep an eye out for confirmation of this. Feel free to post it here if you find it before us.
     
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    I was using Hangouts for a LONG time as my texting app. I figured, if I was going to have it installed for the occasional Hangouts message, why not let it serve a bigger purpose?

    But, since I got the 6P, I've been using Messenger. It serves me just as well as Hangouts ever did, if not better. I definitely like it more than I did when I initially tried it and decided to stick with Hangouts. I hope they intend to add the Android Wear support that Hangouts got a little while ago. Being able to bring up a conversation for a quick look/reply on the watch without digging my phone out was something I wanted for a long time and like when they implemented it in Hangouts.
     
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    What??? Nooo, I just went back to hangouts. More of my friends are using hangouts now and not texting.
     
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    I've been rather fond of Hangouts. I like having everythign in one conversation.
     
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    Exactly.
     
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    Can someone explain to me how this would work? I use a google voice number as my main number. 95% of all my calls are through GV using hangouts and all my texts are sent/received with my GV number and hangouts. Does this possible change mean that I will still have GV text abilities I will just have to use another app or??
     
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    I've personally never used Hangouts for sms/mms. I actually only use Hangouts with a few co-workers.

    Messenger by Google has been my sms app since it launched back in Nov. 2014.
     
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    I used Voice for a long time, then they said they were stopping Voice and adding the SMS component to Hangouts...now they're moving it again? Damn you Google, make up your mind. You're more fickle than my imaginary girlfriend.
     
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    Never used either one; I use YAATA for all my mms/sms needs.
     
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    Same here, I like consolidation.
     
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    I don't want 2 apps that can do the same thing installed. I'm a minimalist.
     
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