It was right around this time last year when news was breaking left and right that Google had ambitions to introduce a unified messaging service for its mobile and desktop platforms. At Google I/O in 2013, Google unveiled Hangouts, which connected all of the various chat and messaging services found in Gmail, Google+, and on Android devices into a single service. (more…)
Again, it’s not you, it’s Google.
Hangouts is currently down, though the apps status dashboard doesn’t reflect the situation.
Update 9:36AM: Google has updated their dashboard to show that there is a service interruption. They are “investigating reports of an issue with Google+ Hangouts” and “will provide more information shortly.” (more…)
When Google finally introduced SMS into Hangouts, an immediate sadness overcame the Google Voice users in the building, as the apps aren’t officially ready to work together. In fact, Google has said that full Google Voice integration is potentially months off and going to take time, because there are some security concerns that need to be addressed first. At the time of SMS launch into Hangouts, only Sprint SMS and Google Voice integration was officially compatible, though we’re pretty sure that T-Mobile customers can now join in on the fun.
What if I told you that wasn’t 100% true and that any Google Voice user can at least send and receive SMS through Hangouts? Whether you answer that or not, I’m here to tell you that you can. Here is how it works. (more…)
For the longest time, only Sprint has offered Google Voice users the ability to receive MMS messages via a Gmail message. Starting today, T-Mobile has now enabled this same function for Voice users on its network, which is a big positive for anyone on the network using Google’s texting service. We are still waiting for Verizon and AT&T to follow suit. (more…)
After Google announced this week that Hangouts for Android would finally have SMS support, the immediate two reactions were, “What about MMS?” and “What about Google Voice?” We know now that MMS support is coming as well, but the move to integrate Google Voice appears to be a bit trickier. In a post to G+, Nikhyl Singhal (Google’s product manager of Hangouts) talked about a hurdle that needs to be dealt with before they can securely merge Voice with Hangouts on Android. In other words, it’s going to take more time. (more…)
Not that I wanted to set you off on your weekend way with irritating news, but yes, the iOS Google Hangouts app just received an update that allows it to make and receive phone calls. The update doesn’t incorporate SMS or MMS or voicemail, but does allow you to place calls using your Google Voice number (should you have one) and receive them via Hangouts. We still don’t have this type of integration yet on Android, which is incredibly weird to say since again, this is from the company that controls Android. (more…)
The image above is just a mockup, but rumor has it that Google will finally bring SMS/MMS support to Hangouts in version 1.3. According to sources who sent images to Android Police, once integrated and the option turned on, users will see a “via SMS” notation to show how the message in Hangouts was sent. There may even be the option to send videos. (more…)
Google Voice, an app we are expecting to see the death of at any minute as Google merges its functionality into Hangouts, received an update today. It’s minor. Like, super minor. The changelog has already been updated, showing that the app now adds warnings when someone attempts to send text messages to 911. It also supports new short codes and fixes bugs. That’s it. (more…)