Google To End SMS Support In Hangouts Starting May 22

James Marshall
March 26, 2017

Meanwhile, Google Talk - the precursor to Hangouts - is shutting down entirely.

That's changing on June 26th, when anyone still using Gchat will be forcibly transitioned over to Hangouts.

Google is reportedly pulling the plug on Google talk also known as Gtalk.

For those who are unfamiliar with Google Talk, if you've ever used Gmail you might have noticed that you will be able to hold conversations with some of your contacts within the Gmail window itself, which is basically Google Talk.

As announced today, Google has made a decision to hammer the final nail in Google Talk's coffin.

Well, the good news is that not many things will change in the way you will interact with the platform, and this is happening mainly because Hangouts works in kind of the same way as Gchat. All of your existing SMS messages will not be affected and they will be available in your new default messaging app.

If you're a Hangouts user, are you bummed out by this? In fact, Google started pushing Google Hangouts way back in 2013.

If you use Hangouts to send and receive SMS messages, it's time to switch: Google is doing away with support soon.

According to reports, the days of Google Talk are quickly coming to an end. Besides, they will cut off SMS support from Hangouts. This means that if you want to text your friends, you will need to use Android Messages. Additionally, the company is removing SMS from Hangouts.

"This change only applies to SMS text messages sent and received from carrier phone numbers", said Google.

In a recent move, Google divided the Hangouts into two enterprise app- Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. For text messaging, Google has Android Messages that will be its standalone take for messaging.

Last year, we announced several improvements to the most popular features of Google Hangouts, such as the new video meetings experience and better group chat messaging. The company is already in talks with carriers to add RCS to the Android Messages.

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