A web event was held by Google to discuss some new features being brought to their social networking platform. One of the biggest things that they had glossed over early on was SMS support finally coming to Hangouts.
Sometimes, it feels like ages ago that the tech giant Google decided to merge their communications platforms into just a single experience. The launch of Hangouts facility was superb, exciting; but ultimately, it wasn’t the big unified system that everyone was hoping for, at least at first.
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The SMS facility was missing at first, which seemed somewhat odd since the Google Voice is a service that hasn’t been kept up to date like some of their other famous apps. Google Inc. promised that this service was on the way, and Android fans have heard very little since that point. Now, we finally know that the update is coming soon.
It is guessed that Google’s next update for Hangouts will include the support for GIFs, facility of location sharing, and SMS. Each of these features will be operated with mobile devices and the desktop browser experience is just as seamless as the rest of their services. And receiving an SMS in Hangouts will show up just like all the other messages in a mobile, with a tiny icon next to the photo of the sender that lets the user know where the message came from.
It’s still unclear if there will be any real differences in how the SMS messages are treated once a user is inside the message, but fortunately no one won’t have to wait too long to find that out.
The SMS Hangouts service will be rolling out throughout the rest of the week for iOS and Android devices as an update to the existing app very soon.