Google Adds SMS Support To Its Android Messaging App As Facebook Axes It

TechCrunch

A few days ago, a set of leaked images pointed to some pretty drastic changes to the Google Hangouts Android app, the biggest of which was that users would be able to send SMS messages without having to switch into another messaging application. Well, Vic Gundotra trotted onstage at a Google+ event in San Francisco (after a power outage caused a half hour stream delay, no less) today to confirm exactly that.

The Hangouts Android app will be indeed able to fire off bog-standard text messages, as well as share a user’s location and send/display animated GIFs like this one when the update rolls out in a few days.

If you’ll recall, the iOS version of the Hangouts app got at least one of these tweaks ahead of the Android version (which was a surprising and refreshing change of pace) — as of about two weeks ago, iOS Hangouts…

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