Lately Google has been transitioning Hangouts, its once go-to messaging platform, into something more focused for enterprise users.
That trend continues with the latest confirmation that SMS support will eventually be axed from Hangouts. Google has confirmed that once May 22 rolls around, SMS support for Hangouts will be removed, which means Hangouts users will no longer be able to respond to standard text messages through the app.
Over the next few weeks, Hangouts users will see a pop-up notification in Hangouts that tells them “SMS is moving out of Hangouts,” and then gives them the option to choose another app on their phone to handle standard text messaging….
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