Report Says Android Will Drop SMS Integration In Future Hangouts Update

By 07:56 Thu, 29 Jul 2021 Comments

According to a report, Google employees are currently testing a build of Hangouts that will strip SMS integration. Away goes any hope for Hangouts to become something like iMessage for Android users.

SMS integration became standard in 2013 with the launch of the Nexus 5, it came by default and confused and irritated many users. One year later, the Nexus 6 came with Google’s own Messenger app for SMS, totally separate from Hangouts. Enthusiasts were confused as to why Google decided to create its own SMS app.

Perhaps with Google Voice now baked into Hangouts, Google thought it’d be too confusing to have two SMS accounts on top of Hangouts messages all in the same app.

This isn’t all poor news though, it could mean Google intends to create a better experience overall with some recent features like quick reply, or conversation shortcuts to most frequently contacted people.

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