SMS Support Comes to Google Hangouts
Google today made some improvements to its Google Hangouts application, chief among them new support for SMS messages. With SMS now included, mobile device users can replace their native texting app with the Hangouts app. Hangouts gain the ability to share location data, GIFs, full-screen video calls, and the ability to fix webcam lighting. Google also announced new features for its Google+ photos product, which gains support for full-size backups from iOS devices, adjustable auto-enhance, HDR filter in Snapseed, and analog effects. The Hangouts and Google+ apps will be updated with the new features shortly.
Hangouts for Android Adds Video Messages, Improves Invites
Google updated its Hangouts app for Android devices this week with a handful of new features. First and foremost, the app now allows Android owners to record and share video messages — a feature that's been in the iOS version of Hangouts for two years.
Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22
Google today outlined a number of changes to its various messaging services, including a dramatic shift for Hangouts. Starting May 22, Google Hangouts will no longer support SMS for text messaging between phones.
Google Hits Refresh Button on Hangouts for Android
Google today pushed out a significant update to its Hangouts messaging application for Android devices that puts it inline with the iOS app. Google overhauled Hangouts' visual appearance with material design, and improved how the app feels thanks to more fluid transitions, and better touch response.
Google Hangouts Improves Contact Design
Google this week updated its Hangouts app for Android devices and made a few performance tweaks along the way. Going forward, Google says it should be easier to find the right contacts quickly thanks to a reshuffled contacts user interface.
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