Hangouts may lose capabilities with a future update, rumor says

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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.

Source: Phandroid (1) (2)


About the Author: Doug Demagistris

Doug was raised in New York and currently attends Muhlenberg College where he is majoring in Accounting. He has been a die-hard Google and Android enthusiast ever since he purchased the Samsung Galaxy Vibrant. Doug strongly prefers Android over competitors for its customization, flat Material Design and exceptional integration with Google Services. Currently, Doug switches between the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Nexus 5X, and travels with a Nexus 9. In addition, Doug wears an Android Wear smartwatch and has other gadgets such as a Nexus Player and Cardboard viewer. Aside from writing with Talk Android, Doug enjoys testing new applications, designing concepts and studying Android application development all while attempting to keep up with the rapid world of technology. He’s hopeful that his high productivity will make lives easier and more meaningful. Doug’s dream is to attend Google I/O.


  • Jakkim

    Better ideia: bring back GTalk

  • Robert Alexander

    NNNNOOOOO this would suck dick I mean messenger is nice for color but its sssooo boring