According to recent rumors, a future Hangouts update will remove one of the features people take for granted. We’re talking about the ability to send and receive SMS and MMS messages.
For those of you who use Hangouts as your proprietary messaging app, you might have to consider a new app moving forward. Based on a new rumor from those at Phandroid, Google will be moving in a new direction with the next update to its Hangouts application. Google might be suggesting its Messenger application, which launched back in 2014. Google employees have already begun the testing process for the updated version of Hangouts, meaning the public release isn’t that far off.
On the good side, the newest version of Hangouts will bring some new and improved enhancements by popular demand. First off is a quick reply feature that allows users to reply to messages directly from the notification pop-up without the need to open the full-scaled app. This feature is already present on Google’s Messenger application. Additionally, a new shortcut to recently used contacts can now be accessed on your homescreen. However, we’ll have to wait until the public release before we confirm anything.