Google releases the official Hangouts v2 with SMS/MMS support to Google Play


Following up on their release of the new KitKat keyboard to Google Play earlier today, Google has also made the new Hangouts v2 available. The big news with this update is the incorporation of SMS/MMS messaging into the Hangouts platform. Some other improvements include support for a full set of built-in emojis, the ability to view animated GIFs, location sharing, and the ability to set a “mood” indicator ala Google+ for others to see.

If you are lucky enough to have a Nexus 5 with the new Hangouts already installed or if you happened to install the leaked version, you may still want to check for an update as it reportedly fixes a video calling issue. Use one of the download links below to check out the new Hangouts in Google Play.

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • Aaron Milstein

    Something odd… I upgraded to the new Hangouts, and attached some pictures to a group Hangout (so not an MMS), but only recipients who had upgraded received them..

  • ddh819

    i can’t get it to send a regular sms to someone who is not registered onhangouts, just a sms to tell them to get on hangouts

  • omata

    Play store shows the latest version, but it just install 1.2 version, not 2.0. Isn’t rolled out to every country?

  • Carolanne Currie

    I have been sent photos through SMS but can’t download them. What do I do?