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    Post Google is Dropping Support for SMS in Hangouts

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    This may not affect every Android user reading this, but it's unfortunate news nonetheless. Android Police reports that G Suite administrators have received email notices from Google warning that SMS will no longer be supported in Google's de facto chat app as of May 22nd. Affected Hangouts users will be seeing the above in-app alert starting March 27th.

    Hangouts has supported SMS since Android 4.4; those who made use of it—myself included for a time—enjoyed the benefits of needing one less icon on their home screen and, more importantly, having all of their non-email messages contained within a single app.

    I can think of at least one technical reason why the change needs to happen: with RCS coming to text messaging it might be too daunting for Google to add Hangouts support, especially when Hangouts itself is already undergoing a fairly significant makeover.

    There may well be another, more pragmatic reason, as a redditor on this r/Android thread explains:

    Hangouts Users: "Why would I use Allo when Hangouts has IM and SMS?"
    Google: "Good point.... Aaaaand fixed."
    Sources: Android Police, reddit
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    Voice app is what I use.


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    This really sucks :-(((

    Thanks for the heads-up.

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    I don't use SMS in Hangouts, but it's a stupid decision nonetheless. Just adds to the confusion - but that's all Google does these days.
    Looks like the co-ops have taken over the company.

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    Reminds me of Facebook Messenger. Which I've never installed, just stop using their messaging app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianwi View Post
    Reminds me of Facebook Messenger. Which I've never installed, just stop using their messaging app.
    funny. I really like fb messenger, because it allows people to contact me, without me ever, ever, ever visiting facebook.com again or installing the newsfeed app.

    I actually have faith this time around with allo/duo. They need something very simple to compete with facetime and imessage. Might as well launch simple, dedicated apps, so if they screw up one of them, they can merge later with the other one. Instead of trying to make an al in one app that no one wants. (sorry Linus)

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    Probably the maintenance of the SMS service is not profitable these days

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