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Monday Poll: Text Message or Instant Messaging App?

Two years ago, when we asked readers which mode of communication they used the most – traditional text messaging vs. instant messaging – I was shocked to see that the majority of users were still predominantly using old school text messaging. There are so many good instant messaging services out there that are not only free, but that offer tremendous benefits over text messaging. For example, they don’t compress and shrink the hell out of the photos you send or receive. They also let you participate in legitimate group conversations, share information in real time, etc. But for some reason, in 2012, people were still defaulting back to standard text messaging.

So now that we are over half-way through 2014, it’s time to see where we stand. Are you still sending old school text messages or are you sending instant messages?

Text Message or Instant Messaging Service?

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  • Dan Stark

    I use Business Messenger for work. bit.ly/1p1K9xX. The app lets me text my clients from phone, tablet, and computer, but appears as my office line instead of my personal number. Never have to hand out my personal mobile # for business.

  • Chris Hannan

    Hangouts and Google Voice almost exclusively. I’m not paying an extra $20/month for texting when the only benefit that gives me is low quality picture messaging.

  • Jeff C

    doesnt help my friends are phone-illiterate and instructing them how to use anything but text messaging or imessage is just too much

  • coolsilver

    Twitter -> Text -> IM

  • Jim Davis

    I think this pole could be skewed by the smug implication that using “traditional” text messaging makes you some sort of Luddite.

    I was shocked to see that the majority of users were still predominantly using old school text messaging.

    If DL wants accurate results, I would suggest using less inflammatory language in the poll article.

  • jones

    Facebook messenger sometimes and traditional text.
    I used to use hangouts but not so much now.
    I like imessage.
    Its just better right now

  • rutgersjaffo

    Using Go SMS and no real idea why I should be using anything else. It’s a pain in the ass to use third party apps when only certain other friends use them.

  • Droid-Lifer

    I’m still on an unlimited plan from Vzw but I don’t pay for a txting plan (every txt is ~$.20), but I use Google Voice to get free SMS (but no MMS). If I want to send a picture I use G+ or email.

    • dark_funk

      Yep, exact same scenario here. Most of my chatting is via Hangouts or FB Message at this point, but for SMS I use Google Voice. I’ll be switching to T-Mobile soon enough so I can save some money, and I’ll use native SMS once I do.

  • BDWilliams85

    Kellex… are u really being serious with this?

  • rickm81

    I don’t understand why I wouldn’t use SMS. Everyone can get these messages without me having to get all of my friends to install a certain app or remember what app everyone else is using,

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  • Al Werner

    The comparison is not with SMS it’s with MMS. With MMS I get virtually all the benefits of a messaging service but with near 100% coverage. Verizon had even made it so I can send messages from my PC and wifi tablet. Very nice convenience.

  • If you’re still using text messages, you’re doing it wrong.

  • Larry Bublitz

    I try to use IM apps, but invariably someone on the other side is text-only. Easier just to do SMS to be sure. I leave it to them usually to mention an IM app, and if they do, I love trying them all and will support it.

  • AlexKCMO

    With my close friends and some family, it’s mostly Hangouts. With clients, some family, and other friends, text messaging. My sister for instance, can’t understand hangouts (which is stupid because apparently iMessage works just fine). I installed it for her, did a video call with her, she loved it. Flew back home, never used it again.

    Clients, they have my Google Voice number and that’s good enough. Connecting via hangouts is too much of a hassle.

  • yummy

    No interest in anything im offers. I actually talk to my friends. Like in person. Yeah.

  • MrWicket

    traditional wasn’t exactly correct for me but close enough as I use Google Voice. I use Hangouts etc mostly though as I personally see no real reason to pay for Texting anymore when I carry the internet in my pocket.

  • Matthew Glen Evans

    I’m shocked that you would be shocked that most people use traditional texting. Sure, there are some great IM alternatives out there, but that only works if all your contacts use the same service. For some reason all these companies making messaging clients can’t work together and make a universal protocol, so people stock with the most universal client there currently is, and that’s SMS.

  • anon23

    I like using google chat for business related chats for the logs so I can always go back

  • Captain_Doug

    Best part of hangouts is that it does both. I mostly instant message but for those that don’t use the app, it makes no difference.

  • Trysta

    Traditional text messages have always been free for me and I still know people (like my mom) who don’t have a smartphone. So frankly i just don’t see the benefit of the instant message services (for my usage case).

  • patrick

    I really use combination of both. I am on a legacy VZW plan so I only have 500 SMS text plan, although i do have free mobile to mobile text with other VZW people. So once i hit my cap it’s either Whatsapp (which a huge chunk of my contacts use) or i just use Google Voice. Speaking of GV, the merger into Hangouts and MMS support for GV # can’t come soon enough. What the hell is taking so long? I’ll use Hangouts here and there and Kik on rare occasions.

  • Furyswrath

    Id be more apt to use a IM app. But if the other person dont use that app then its pointless. And there are so many of them to choose from. Ill Stick with text because everyone has it. Till there is a All in One IM service that everyone has.

  • steven

    I don’t see why people *wouldn’t* use texting. It saves data, battery life, you don’t have to worry about which client someone uses… Group conversations work perfectly fine too. I guess if you’re that bent out of shape over the quality of the photos sent over MMS I would just give them a link to that picture hosted somewhere.

    • BTLS

      I totally agree on all of your points… I don’t have FB so whenever I want to share a high quality pic I either send a dropbox link, or email…

  • Reed Kerr

    I would love to just use Hangouts as an instant messaging service all the time, but almost everyone I know over the age of 45 has an iPhone and they wouldn’t even know how to install the Hangouts app. So unfortunately, for the time being, I use Hangouts to send SMS about 60% of the time, and then I use Hangouts as an IM service with my younger friends and my wife.

    I love the seamless PC/phone integration of Hangouts as an IM service, and really hope that soon this expands to include SMS/MMS, at least for us Google Voice users.

  • BoFiS

    While I have unlimited data on my Verizon phone, I also have unlimited SMS, so that is not a restriction or benefit of one over the other. However, 100% of every cell phone, data plan or not, smartphone or not, can get an SMS. With Handcent SMS, I can SMS from a computer, I can reply from notification popups that appear over my lock screen, and overall, I can customize the look and feel of the app and conversations which all have advantages to me over Hangouts (which is really the only IM I do anymore, and again between on the computer and on my phone depending)

  • Suman Gandham

    Google Voice for all mt texts, which isn’t really traditional SMS…

  • Jkdem85

    Virtually every one of my friends and family uses I message, only my foreign business associates and friends use hangouts or whatsapp

  • Sorry guys, but facebook messenger really does messaging right!!! upload pics seamlessly, smileys, stickers, etc.

    beats my google voice and google hangouts 🙁

    never had text messaging plan and never will, unless it comes bundled in my forced upgrade to more everything plan on verizon 🙁

    long live grandfathered unlimited data!

  • Tay Swift

    Android needs a serious imessage competitor. Hangouts has been vastly improved but still no where near imessage. I hate apple but imessage is king

  • XvierX

    I’ve convinced my whole family to use hangouts messaging. It’s way more convenient considering they already use chrome as their default web browser. when I showed them the browser extension they were sold, not to mention that it works on their tablets as well. I’ve got one of my best friends using it as well but it’s a lot harder to convince them since their families use SMS exclusively.

  • jrbmed08

    I use Google Voice for texting and Hangouts for instant messaging. I have “traditional” SMS blocked on my line because I use GVoice exclusively and don’t want to pay for texts that other people inadvertently send to my regular number instead of GVoice. I refuse to pay a cent for texting (it’s not included in my plan) when I’m already paying $30/month for data.

  • speed4evr

    I prefer traditional SMS. It’s more efficient, doesn’t require internet access. Snapchat is handy now n then…Google Voice integrated with Sprint = great combo

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  • Josh Davenport

    Unlimited data so I canceled the $30/mo text package and use Google Voice. Can text anyone I want for free, best of both worlds.

    Now, just to get picture messaging to work.

  • Erstam

    Most of my friends use android and already have hangouts so I can message then in that even if they didn’t know they use had it. I prefer hangouts im because I can use it over wifi when I’m at work without reception (yes I use gv too, but the app sucks). Icky person I message on a regular basis that doesn’t use hangouts is my girlfriend with an iPhone that is convinced installing stuff slows her phone down so I gave up with her.

  • Roog

    Sure, IMing is the way to go, but it isn’t standardized among the mobile operating systems and apps like traditional text messaging is.

  • Mordecaidrake

    SMS and Hangouts for me. Mostly Hangouts, I’ve converted most of my friends.

  • If only Google could use their certification process to enforce using Hangouts as the default messaging app. It wouldn’t stop people from installing third party messengers, but they would need to clean up the kind of clunky setup process. Doing things like automatically merge SMS/MMS with the primary (or initially) signed in account on the device would help.

    • Jim Davis

      I hate the hangouts interface. Cluttered and non-intuitive. Sticking with Textra.

  • cweb69

    If I could convince my Apple family members, I would only use hangouts! But at least I can send SMS through the hangouts app

  • DonSerrot

    Most of the time I’m talking in a group Hangouts chat with my friends. The rest of the time it’s an occasional text with my parents. It all goes to the same app for me so I don’t see much difference between the two anymore.

  • DC_Guy

    I just use the Messages app on my iPhone and it figures out whether to send an instant message or a text message.

  • yungqb7

    I would love to use more IM compared to traditional messaging. However google has been slacking quite a bit in this area. I don’t know if the acquisition of emu is really going to help them. Even though I use hangouts as my primary messaging app, only several of my friends actually use hangouts. I’m waiting for the when hangouts becomes the default messaging app for android and can truly give iMessage a run for its money. I mean hangouts can’t even do attachments properly compared to iMessage, Line (seen a few commercials of it on TV recently), telegram and etc. Google is letting things go a bit out of hand now with messaging. With their app lacking in several key features, the latest phones on Verizon has Verizon Messaging+ as the default messaging app. Now the average consumer has 3 messaging apps pre-installed on their phone (which is too many to begin with since the majority of the people just want to message and be done with it).

    Android Silver seems to be the saving grace for Android.

  • Cee Bee

    i mostly use google voice so i’m not sure what category that falls under, but it works for me (i send images & videos via email)

  • DanielMena9

    I use SMS because:

    1) not all my friends are on one unique IM service (i.e. Hangouts, iMessage, Vlingo, FB) yet they all have a cellphone #

    2) Battery takes a hit using data continuously to receive my messages.

    • Jim Davis

      Yeah, I don’t get why Kellen is “shocked” that people are using a service that just works for all their contacts.

  • Sean Lally

    SMS == asynchronous
    IM == synchronous

  • therock

    SMS is so 5 years ago. Just the fact there is a character limit and the pictures being compressed to hell and back is reason enough to never use it unless you absolutely have to. Hangouts and WhatsApp all the way for me

  • Snapchat only.

  • androidneedsimessage

    iMessage because it’s instant messaging without having to worry about if the receiver has the app or not

  • Manthas

    Sounds like there are regional differences popping up; in the US, if you have a smartphone, you are almost guaranteed to have unlimited SMS/MMS, so that makes it pretty much ubiquitous, which cannot be said for IM services. I think the closest you’re likely to get is FB messenger simply because the vast majority (not all) have a FB account.

  • Jared K

    “Mostly traditional text messaging, some instant or free messaging services.” Only because more people aren’t using Hangouts.

  • droidftw

    If I had an iPhone I would send text messages 0% of the time, since I own an Android phone I send text messages 100% of the time (every single one of my friends and family members has an iPhone).

  • Josep Reyes

    text messaging with friends and facebook msgs with family outside of US

  • Quint

    I send mostly FB messages… I use Google Hangouts (IM) for one person, and text messaging for everyone else.

  • wh1te_mag1c

    I have unlimited everything on my plan, so I don’t hesitate to send text messages at all. I would not mind using something like What’s App, but why would I?

    That said, does Skype or Facebook messaging count? Cause I do use those a little.

  • dannyWHITE

    I text because I don’t want to deal with spending my time and energy trying to explain to people why should they use instant messaging over text messaging

    • g_what


    • Justin Kos

      This +1000

  • Dan

    Um, I use e-mail, most fullest featured of all, and everyone I know has a smartphone so they get it at the same place anyway.

  • Santiago Fernández Devoto

    I try to avoid SMS at all costs, because here in Argentina you’re charged for them, while 3G is with a fixed priced with unlimited data.

  • Al-Burrit0

    Alright Kellen what IM app do you prefer?

  • 213ninja

    i’m not sure why these results would be suprising. just about everyone with a cell phone can get an sms/mms. it’s not easy to convince 20, 50 or 100 people to install and use the same chat client…..

    • j

      This. Plus I don’t want the features in instant messaging apps. I don’t want people to know when I view the message, so I can respond when convenient to me. I don’t care when people are typing back. All useless crap.

  • mcdonsco

    I would use hangouts if it weren’t for the annoying as hell emoticon button replacing the enter button.

    In messaging on cm 11 on my g2 I can set it back to the enter button permanently instead of that completely worthless, useless, annoying piece of crap emoticon button…can’t seem to do that in hangouts.

    • Ryan

      That is one of my gripes with Hangouts. I still use it, but it is a bit annoying reaching the Send Arrow than just hitting the enter button to send a message. I don’t think 3rd party keyboards can fix that behavior either. For instance, with SwiftKey, I can change the enter button from the emoticon to a ‘new line’ type of enter, but not to send. Its annoying.

      • mcdonsco

        Yea, I’m just at a complete loss as to why google thought doing this was a good idea…and then to add insult to injury to not even make it an option to switch it back is absurd.

  • totally off topic… But this just came across twitter.

    rip. Robbin Williams


    • jimt


    • Suicide_Note

      Holy cow! How terrible!

    • WheresAnt?

      Suicide none the less


    For SMS/MMS:
    8sms (loved EvolveSMS, but issues with MMS messages plague it)

    For messaging:

    • Jprime

      i loved 8sms, but i had problems where it wasnt sending on razr hd

      • ªAS|YOUTH|IA

        Really? That’s the only 3rd party sms app that I haven’t had any issues with

  • Quark

    I use a third party phone/texting apps like Voxox, dunno how I should vote.

  • TC Infantino

    I have to question the premise of the article. It seems that normal text messaging is being looked down upon for some reason. But in my uses of Hangouts I have never experienced anything that would cause me to say “This traditional text messaging is just so antiquated and full of problems. I am going to find a great instant messaging app that has all the features that this text messaging is missing.” Since Hangouts does everything that I need it to do, with no issues that I know of, I just don’t understand the thought “Text Messaging is so 2012”.

    • Disqus_n00b

      Texts will not send over a bad area. Hangouts works over WiFi.

      Also, with Hangouts you know when someone has viewed your response, with traditional texts you dont.

      • Al Werner

        Depends on your text carrier. Verizon Messages sends over wifi or cellular.

  • Rodeojones000

    Question related to this topic, if one uses Hangouts as the default messaging app, do these count towards messaging limits (for those of us who don’t have unlimited texts with our plans)? My guy tells me no as it utilizes data, but figured this would be the place to ask.

    For what it’s worth, my wife and I currently use the stock messaging app.

    • Manthas

      Depends on how you are using it. If you’re sending via SMS (will say so in the message box before you type), then it’s counting towards your message/SMS/MMS limits. If you’re conversing through the Hangouts/GTalk service, then no, it is just using data. I think people are getting confused because Hangouts is both a service (GTalk/Hangouts) and a client application (which can do both Hangouts and SMS/MMS).

      • Rodeojones000

        Thanks. That makes sense.

      • Al-Burrit0

        If the person you text uses hangouts as both their messaging and texting client do they still receive it without the data?

        • Manthas

          Yes, it’s all dependent on how you sent it. if you sent it via SMS, they will receive it via SMS. If you send it via the Hangouts service, they will receive it via the Hangouts service. The service delivery is independent of the client being used.

  • Ryan Mallon

    At this point even discount plans have unlimited SMS so it becomes easier to use the default than manage everyone’s favorite messaging app. That being said, I spend a lot of time international roaming, and so I use hangouts over Wi-Fi for that.

    • I don’t pay the extra $20 for unlimited messaging on my grandfathered Verizon unlimited plan. Instead I use google voice.

  • ROR1997

    I Text phones, and kik tablets/ipods

  • Droid Ronin

    I use Hangouts, Chat Heads, or WhatsApp for pretty much everyone. Most of my friends/family have either a Google account or a FB account, and quite a few have WhatsApp installed. I SMS only a few people and those are the ones that simply just don’t really use the messenger services I mentioned or still have feature phones.

  • mcdonsco

    Ed got it…I use traditional because its what everyone else that I need to communicate with uses.

  • Al-Burrit0

    I use hangouts as my text messenger but never to video chat or just message on g+ because well not many I know use g+. Anyways I also use Facebook messenger ,but I find it kinda annoying.

  • landon

    I use text plus

  • Mikael

    Text SMS is free over here, so IM never really took off as much.

  • paul_cus


  • TC Infantino

    I don’t know how to answer the poll. I use Hangouts as my text messenger. Is that traditional text or is it Instant Messaging? I use Skype when on the PC.

    • Mikael

      Its traditional.

      • TC Infantino

        Thanks. I truely didn’t know what counted as either one.

    • Xious

      It depends on how you’re communicating through Hangouts. When you send a message to someone, does it have the green bubble or does it say SMS. The green bubble is the Hangouts instant messaging service. If it says SMS, then that’s traditional messaging. Just because the two have been joined in to one message flow does not mean they are they same protocol.

      • TC Infantino

        Huh, I didn’t even know that it had two different types integrated. I just checked and all the message histories show the Hangouts green bubble in the upper left of the screen.

        • Adam

          That green bubble will always show up in the top left. For any contact that you have their hangouts account and phone number integrated it will give you the option in the bottom left (in the input box) of sending through hangouts (IM, green bubble) or SMS (says SMS in a grey box). When the messages actually appear it will say “Mon, 11:11” for hangouts and “Mon, 11:11 via SMS” for texts.

          It tends not to matter in most situations for me, but if sending to someone that uses gmail on their computer but has an iPhone it can help a lot to know what kind of message you are sending and where they will see it.

    • William Kister

      Same here I use Hangouts and was confused. Sometimes I use SMS, sometimes just standard Hangouts if my friends have it as well.

    • Daniel Maginnis

      Traditional text if sending to a phone number. IM if sending to a hangouts address (gmail). That’s how I do. Hangouts text except for the two people in my contact list that do the same. They get hangouts

    • Al Werner

      Depends if you send a message to someone as a text or a Hangouts message.

  • standard sms or hangouts with who ever else uses it 🙂

  • Guest

    Look, I consider myself well-versed in the mobile tech field but I am confused on this one. What apps are we talking about here? I use hangouts for everything. The only exception is my wife and I use Facebook Messenger when I am at work and have no service as it allows me to send messages over wifi. So I assume I am in the “Mostly traditional text messaging, some instant or free messaging services” category?

    • Charlie

      thank gawd this was the first reply i saw, cuz i was feeling kinda sheepish for not knowing how to vote. i use Hangouts 99.5% of the time, and am not sure where i fall – i assume that is “traditional” sms texting??

      • Mikael

        It is.

    • Reed Kerr

      It depends. Hangouts can send SMS/MMS and it can send Hangouts messages. SMS/MMS is when you send the message to a phone number using the “traditional messaging” type service (even if you’re using the Hangouts app). Actual Hangouts messages are when you use the Hangouts app but you send the message to a person’s Google account, as an “instant or free messaging service.” The latter has the advantage that it can be sent over WiFi, plus it doesn’t compress images and it shows you if your recipient has viewed the message, or when he/she is typing.

      I’d recommend you ditch the *awful* Facebook messenger and you and your wife start using the instant messaging communication in Hangouts. It’s *way* better than Facebook, and that way you’d only be using one app on your phone. This is what my wife and I do.

  • cjohn4043

    Not everyone has the same messaging app, so the only consistent way of talking with them is through sms text.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I only text with people not using Android.. the rest use Google Talk (or Hangouts as they lamely rebranded it).

  • Jpx

    Text messaging is just so much easier, and almost guarantee that if you text the correct number they will get it. There just needs to be a standard

    • Droid Ronin

      that’s not true with MMS. MMS tends to fail quite often compared to the other IM services

  • Kacho_ON

    I still prefer email, no one can decide on one instant messaging app and text messaging internationally costs money. I wish there was an instant messaging standard that everyone could agree on.

    The Verge did an interesting article on it

  • Ed

    Assuming everyone should be using a 3rd party messaging app because they’re more full featured is flawed.
    traditional txt messaging is more used because the install base is 100%.

    • Exactly what I was going to say.

    • Also factor in the learning curve “which there is non” however peeps assume there is and will not adopt it till it becomes mainstream

    • Allyn K C

      Exactly! Instant messaging has its benefits … but the bottom line is that if your recipients do not have have the same messaging app installed, it’s worthless. With text messaging, I always know that the intended contact will be able to receive it. I reserve instant messaging for more targeted communications, with specific sub-groups of close friends that are using the same app.

      • John Davids

        I refuse to communicate with anyone via SMS for the same reason I refuse to communicate with anyone via facsimile. Just because humanity tolerates antiquated technology doesn’t mean I have to. 🙂

      • Chris Hannan

        You can’t know that for sure. 99% maybe, but if you text me, I wouldn’t get them, because I have it disabled so I don’t get charged for it.

    • And doesn’t require data to use

      • Bill Joyce

        And a text message does not require a good data connection. I know most here seem to live where data connections are solid 100% of the time, but not me. A text will go through even when voice service is flaky. I have had text conversations deep in Arches National Park.

    • Droid Ronin

      Some of us that are on plans with unlimited data with limited SMS prefer to use instant messaging.

      • collinpage

        The thing is majority of data plans include free unlimited sms

        • Sporttster

          How I wish that were the case! I have unlimited with Verizon and had to go from 500 message limit to 1000 to keep from going over the 500. There is no unlimited messaging….

          • Manthas

            Nope, definitely not. No unlimited messaging at Verizon at all. (And no, this is not one of their “More Everything” plans)

      • jrbmed08

        Exactly – I’m on an old plan from Verizon with unlimited data and pay per text. I won’t pay for texting since I can basically do the same with the data I’m already paying for.

      • CapnShiner

        Google Voice/Hangouts. Your excuse holds no water.

        • nimbyist

          Google voice has so many flaws compared to regular sms. I’m an avid user, but never will i say that it’s a perfect substitute for sms. However, i do save $20 a month, so in the end it’s worth the trade off to me.

      • d-rock

        And that would make you part of the exclusive minority.

      • Hilts

        My Original verizon plan is Unlimited Data with Unlimited text, afraid If I try to change the text or take it off the plan they may try to take away my unlimited data, so I’m keeping my original plans to not give them an excuse. Still only paying $70 a month

      • Google Voice?

    • Trueblue711

      I also prefer SMS because if I need to conserve battery, I can still text while turning off Mobile Data.

    • CapnShiner

      You hit the nail on the head. The reason why instant messaging hasn’t replaced texting is because there are too many different services to use and none of them have 100% of the install base. Apps like Trillian work across multiple services but you still have to have accounts on each one and you still won’t get messages without a data connection. That means choosing between not getting messages quickly(defeating the purpose of INSTANT messaging) or draining the battery. Don’t have unlimited SMS? Use Google Voice/Hangouts.

    • Jordan

      I’m sure i’ll get down voted, but this is why I love Apple’s approach with iMessage. It’s there & offers additional features completely automatically if both people have it turned on. Otherwise it just resorts to a traditional text message.

      • CapnShiner

        Oh, you mean like Hangouts? Your downvotes for irrelevant Apple fanboyism are justified.

        • d-rock

          Except from a utility perspective, the hangouts app sucks ballz. And He’s right..Apple does it right! iMessage is still way better then hangouts and I hate apple…but be realistic, iMessage features are what the Android community has been after for years.

          • Fingersworth

            And not at all difficult to implement. I don’t know why google can’t even come close to getting it right.

          • d-rock

            My guess is patent issues. Apple probably has one on that tech.

          • JD_26

            thrs 1 flaw most ppl dont realise with imessage … its that when it comes to international messaging, imessage will automatically switch over to texts when data is shaky or not available .. and this means expensive texts sent sometimes without realising

        • Fingersworth

          No, not like Hangouts. Like something that doesn’t suck ass.

        • Eric

          Hangouts is not even close to the same thing. All hangouts did was merge SMS and IM into the same app. Like D-Rock said, Apple is on point with that. And I too, hate apple. If i send a message to another android device, I have to either send text OR IM. If i choose IM, and they don’t even use hangouts, or aren’t logged in, then they don’t receive it. You send a message from apple to apple, they get it regardless. With Android, text is just text, IM is just IM.

        • cizzlen

          Apple fanboyism just because he likes their approach to messaging? Lmao you’re butt hurt is what’s irrelevant here. Not his fault Google sucks ass at implementing Hangouts properly.

          • CapnShiner

            No, Apple fanboyism for going to a blog about Android and immediately bringing up an Apple product. I suppose Hangouts isn’t the best example of an Android messaging app that works the same as iMessage but that’s the first thing that came to mind because of other discussions I was having. Go SMS has many features that require both people to be using it, many of which are automatic, and if the other person doesn’t use it they just get SMS or MMS. There are so many messaging apps in Android, so to go straight to iMessage reeks of fanboyism. The only reason iMessage, like many Apple applications, works as well as it does is because Apple preinstalls it on every iPhone. If Google forced Hangouts upon every Android device, it could work in the same way. But Android gives users freedom of choice. iMessage is not the end-all be-all of messaging apps.

          • cizzlen

            “No, Apple fanboyism for going to a blog about Android and immediately bringing up an Apple product.” Lol that’s Android fanboyism at it’s best. He was making a legit observation. Again your butt hurt is showing and I’m not reading that wall of text.

        • Jordan

          Note the part where I said automatically. As much as I want it to be, hangouts is not automatic. You have to send your message as an IM or a text. YOU. iMessage works by detecting if both people have it turned on. If so, it’ll automatically send as that giving you the additional features without having to actually do anything. Further, it’s setup for every iPhone user unless they explicitly turn it off.

          • CapnShiner

            I want Hangouts to be what I think most of the Android community thinks it can be. I think that if Google were to replace the default messaging app in Android with Hangouts and make the transition between SMS and IM seemless, it would be able to at least match iMessage in function and ease of use. I think it’s completely within their grasp. If they finally integrate Google Voice into Hangouts, it would surpass iMessage. They may have already addressed the UI with leaked version for Android L. Until that all comes to be, 3rd parties have us covered.

        • Higher_Ground

          maybe I don’t have mine set up correctly, but hangouts sends SMS even when I’m texting someone who also uses hangouts… I think it might have something to do with Google+ accounts vs. the actual phone number, but I have so few friends that use hangouts it’s not worth it. Quite frankly, even if you have just one friend that doesn’t use it you’re still going to need a SMS plan.

        • MH

          Aside from sending a document/file, or the forced delivery….imessage is the same. Anyone who tells you differently hasnt figured out how to use hangouts yet.

      • Al Werner

        I have to agree. It very easy for Apple since they front end your texting. If Hangouts did the same it would be great. I don’t want to decide if I need to send a Hangouts message vs a text message to someone.

    • Rick

      And none are secure unless both parties are using an encrypted internet based app. Otherwise, don’t type anything you don’t want anyone else to see. Or anything that may haunt you years down the road when the police and building a case against you.

      • T4rd

        Police building a case against you? Wow, what kinda espionage stuff are you doing..?! =p

        If you really wanted to be careful about evidence, you wouldn’t use any sort of text/e-mail system in the first place. Talk in person only and with a voice box like Bane’s.

        • collinpage

          Get out the tinfoil hatssssssss

      • Rick

        To clarify, the only secure encryption is where it is down on the device and not where decryption keys are held by a held on a central server (i.e. Blackberry).

  • Nathan Borup

    I mostly use hangouts when I can, but I prefer text messages as my Moto X will read them to me while I am driving

  • objektiv_one

    hello sms FTW and hangouts when i’m on the pc.

    • maysider

      hangouts for everything! you can choose sms or instant chat, mostly instant chat of course

      • objektiv_one

        I hear you but hangouts for sms is buggy and won’t always send my sms or mms. I’ve seen this happen on two devices. hello sms solved the problem for me.