Google to merge SMS/MMS app with Hangouts

Posted on Oct 8 2013 - 8:15am by Valerie Richardson

Google Hangouts

A new leak has revealed and confirmed Google’s plans to merge the stock Messaging app with Google Hangouts. The idea has been in motion for quite some time, but will be coming to fruition in a few weeks’ time. The motive behind this move is to basically bring all of Google’s core instant messaging and SMS apps under one unified platform. Google decided to merge Google Talk and Google Plus Messenger into Hangouts a few months ago, so it makes sense to do the same with the SMS/MMS app as well.

It is being said that this project will be experimental for the time being, which means that only Nexus devices might get the update initially. But we might see this as a default feature with the Android 4.4 KitKat update. However, it’s not clear if these changes will be coming through as an app update or by means of a major system update like KitKat, but the report suggests that this will be launching along with Android 4.4. These changes are set to make its way to the system with the Hangouts 1.3 update, which will also reportedly allow sharing of videos within the app.

Via: Android Police

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