SMS in Hangouts may have come a long way since its initial integration, but it is still quite rough around the edges. Case in point? A few users on Reddit and the Hangouts Google Group have reported experiencing higher-than-normal battery usage – as high as 30% – caused by excessive wakelocks, potentially as a result of having a large number of saved conversations.
A Google employee acknowledged the issue and said engineers may have found a fix, but was unable to provide an ETA.
In the interim, users have reported that downgrading to a Hangouts version below 2.1 fixes the issue. Let’s hope Google squashes the bug soon (and adds Google Voice support while they’re at it).
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