Earlier this month Google introduced some upcoming modifications to its messaging technique that can see the creation of two new variations of Hangouts: Hangouts Meet, a video conferencing product, and Hangouts Chat which is a brand new enterprise targeted communications too that goals to tackle the likes of Slack and Hipchat. Though the present Hangouts app isn’t going away simply but, Google plans to begin taking away a few of its capabilities, beginning with the removing of SMS capabilities.
In accordance to an e mail despatched to GSuite directors and subsequently posted to Reddit, Google will take away the SMS messaging function from Hangouts on Could 22. Hangouts customers will reportedly be notified of this variation by way of an in-app message beginning March 27, and prompted to choose a brand new default messaging app from those which can be put in on the cellphone or to obtain a brand new one.
In case you are a Google Voice customers you’ll nonetheless have the option to ship SMS texts from each Hangouts or the Google Voice app, simply not utilizing your service quantity anymore, solely your Voice quantity.
The corporate is probably going attempting to take away any associations Hangouts has with conventional SMS messaging, so it may well place Hangouts Chat as extra of a enterprise collaboration device, and leaving service SMS texts to the native Android Messages consumer or Allo — sure, Google’s messaging technique has been a sort of a large number over the previous few years and the corporate is attempting to right course.