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.
Isn't the main idea of Google talk / Hangout to be able to chat anonymously? Just link the app to your gmail account and you're all set? Who needs SMS? Is Google again answering a question no one asked? We already have SMS, BBM, WhatsApp and more apps for these kind of messaging, Hangout is a different animal, and I am annoyed by the direction Google is taking it.