Google Discontinues SMS for Hangouts; Might Integrate Google Voice Soon

Google Discontinues SMS for Hangouts; Might Integrate Google Voice Soon
Google on Monday has updated that it is discontinuing SMS for Google Hangouts feature for Web from July 2. Up till now the feature was available for India, Pakistan, Israel, Turkey, Ukraine, Congo and many other countries from Africa and Asia.

The service was introduced by Google for developing countries in May 2013. Users in these countries could add phone numbers to receive text messages to any mobile if they had enabled SMS for Hangouts. The service page now notes that, "This service will be discontinued. It will continue to be available until 2 July 2014." For other regions, the service page reads, "We're sorry, the feature you are looking for is currently only available in a limited number of countries."

Notably, the SMS feature from the Hangouts app for Android will still be available. Users can still send and receive text and multimedia messages in the Hangouts app. Google had included this feature last year in October. The SMS for Hangouts feature allows users to receive Hangouts messages as text messages and lets them reply by the same.

Interestingly, there is a video showcasing the alleged option to "Migrate Google Voice to Hangouts" in Android now doing the rounds of the Internet. The feature menu in the video shows "Not now" and "Turn it on!", suggesting that it will be optional. Also the feature reads, "Receive voicemail and send texts messages in Hangouts." It seems like that the feature is in its 'dogfooding' stage and might roll out to select users for testing.


For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Further reading: Android, Apps, Google, Hangouts, Internet, MMS, SMS
Facebook and Twitter Forging Deep Ties With Modi Government
Maxx GenxDroid7 AX356 Dual-SIM Android Smartphone Launched at Rs. 3,696
Share on Facebook Tweet Snapchat Share Reddit Comment



© Copyright Red Pixels Ventures Limited 2022. All rights reserved.