Best text messaging apps [2015]

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If you’re tired of the native texting app on your smartphone, Google Play has a plethora of great alternatives. When choosing a new solution you need to be careful, as not all of them incorporate SMS. The Play Store is filled with apps for messaging services that lack any SMS integration. Many options disguise themselves as a text messaging app when they are actually an instant messenger, which would require you to get your friends and family on-board to put it to use.

That, of course, limits our scope quite a bit. But there are still plenty of great options out there, some even built by Google itself. Be sure to check them all out below and find the one for your needs.

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Google may be working on new Meeting platform

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Google Plus user Florian Kiersch has stumbled upon a new product that Google may be working on called GMeet. The application appears to be an online conferencing solution, possibly built on top of Google’s Hangouts platform. There is not much information available about what GMeet can do since it appears Google is limiting access to their own staff, but it looks like it might be similar to services like GoToMeeting or WebEx. Read more

PSA: Sending a Hangout message using your voice does not work for SMS messages through Hangouts or with Android Wear

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We’re not sure exactly when this feature launched, but it appears that you can now use your voice through Google Now to send a Hangouts Message. All you need to say is, “Send a Hangouts message” or “Send a chat message”. You can also add a name to streamline it as in “Send a Hangouts message to Jodie” or even add the message is in “Send a Hangouts message to Jodie What do you want for dinner?”.

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Hangouts Android app and Chromebox for Meetings devices get easy guest invite support

Google-Hangouts-logoGoogle recently introduced a feature for Google Apps customers that allows them to easily invite guests to join a video call by simply sharing a link instead of actually inviting a specific person through their email account. It’s a useful feature that simplifies group video chats, especially in a work situation. Read more