Google removed the SMS feature from Gmail Chat

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Google‘s experimental SMS feature which was released for Gmail Chat back in 2008 has now been removed. This means that users can no longer send an SMS to their mobile contacts via Gmail Chat. Google said users can switch to Hangouts and choose to receive messages in SMS settings.

However, US and Canada users can send an SMS through Google Voice or switch to Hangouts and “continue receiving SMS messages as follow-me (i.e. if you’re offline and receive a Hangout message, you’ll get an SMS message).” The company said that “by streamlining our services, we’re able to focus on creating the best possible products for our users”. » Read the rest

Google could be preparing to kill off Google Voice, merge into Hangouts

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It has been a slow haul for Google, but rumors suggest they are getting close to finally merging all of their communication apps into a single platform. Over the past couple years Google merged their Messenger platform into Hangouts and then added support for SMS text messaging, killing off the Messaging app in the process. The final piece is Google’s Voice and sources believe the company is close to merging that into Hangouts. » Read the rest

Best Android SMS text messaging replacement apps [March 2014]

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One of the great things about Android is that you can replace the default apps if you want to. This can help you personalize your phone so that it’s really custom to you. We’ve put together a list of the best SMS replacement apps on the market. Check them out for yourself and find the one that best suits you!

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Google announces a new $999 conference call system centered around a Chromebox

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Google is putting the new ASUS Chromebox to work right away. This Chromebox for Meetings system comes with a Logitech webcam, Jabra speakerphone, and remote with a keyboard on the back. These components are all centered around the already mentioned ASUS Chromebox. This Chromebox, however, will be powered by Intel’s Core i7 processor.

The setup will cost a whopping $999 and 24/7 support will cost $250 annually after being free for the first year. To allow the video conference call, a Google account is required to run Hangouts. While ASUS’ Chromebox is the only one available today, Dell and HP are both said to be joining within the next few months.

Source: Google Official Blog

Hangouts receives update that fixes SMS and MMS bugs

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The latest entrant into Google’s Wednesday wave of app updates is Hangouts. The messaging app has been updated to fix issues when sending and receiving MMS messages. SMS messages, on the other hand, have been fixed as well to prevent issues with messages that exceed 160 characters. Earlier, Google Search and Google Drive were updated.

Hit the break for download links; however, remember that Google employs slow, drawn-out updates for its apps. » Read the rest

President Obama to star in first-ever Presidential Google+ Hangout Road Trip

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Whether or not you are heavy user on Google+, one thing we have to agree on is the Hangouts feature is pretty cool. Hangouts can be just a simple one on one with your friend, or there are a number of on-air live Hangouts that you can check out regularly. Even President Obama has appeared in Hangouts in the past, but Google and the President have something different in store for next week.

After President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address to Congress, he will “travel” the country in a virtual whistlestop tour on Friday, January 31 via Google+ Hangouts. People from across the United States will get to ask President Obama questions regarding his State of the Union address.

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Hangouts 2.0.2 released adding import SMS option, group messaging toggle and MMS bug fixes

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Today an updated version of Google Hangouts began rolling out, adding a number of new features. Many of these features aren’t really that exciting, but they certainly fix a couple annoying little bugs that were introduced when SMS and MMS support was added to Hangouts.

One of the biggest problems of Hangouts 2.0 was that it automatically converted SMS messages sent to multiple people to MMS messages – something that could cost extra money for a lot of users. Users can now disable this and not use MMS when sending a text to multiple recipients.

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Google and Toyota team up to bring customers Toyota Collaborator

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Google and Toyota have teamed up to introduce a new way to buy a car, and of course it involves Google+ and Google Hangouts.

You’ll be able to join a hangout with other people and design a new 2014 Toyota Corolla together. You’ll get your traditional webcam windows with everyone else in the Hangout, but at the top there’s a customizable Corolla. Anyone in the Hangout can adjust and customize different aspects of the car to fit your liking. You can view the interior and exterior of the vehicle, and even “test drive” it with Google Street View Maps. Supposedly, you will also be able to invite a local dealer into the Hangout to find inventory for you. Pretty cool, right?

Obviously there’s still some limitations here. There’s only one model of car supported right now, and you’ll have to live somewhere that a dealer is willing to do this kind of business. But if this is what making big purchases is going to be like in the future, I think it’s a pretty cool concept.

source: Toyota

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Hangouts app getting crashed from emoji bug, Google working on a fix

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Recently, the Andorid Keyboard app was updated with the addition of emoji icons, and Hangouts was updated to include support for SMS and MMS messaging. As great as the new Keyboard and Hangouts are, there is one small bug that has been discovered, and it could prove to be very annoying indeed.

Basically when your system is overloaded with emojis, as in if a friend decides to send you hundreds of emojis at once, Hangouts crashes. Now that’s not exactly surprising, but the real problem comes when you try and reopen Hangouts, and it tries to reload all those emoji, resulting in another crash.

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