Google recently released an update to its Hangouts app that mainly brought SMS/MMS support to the app among one of its features. Hangouts v2 includes the following features
- SMS/MMS (Android 4.0+): send and receive text messages in Hangouts! No more chasing conversations across apps, texts will now appear in Hangouts and you can reply right there. We also let you import all of your existing text messages into the app, send/receive group texts and even text emoji to your friends on Android, iPhone, etc.
- Animated GIFs: view and send GIFs in your Hangout
- Location: you can now quickly share your location into conversations.
- Device, in-call, mood status: share what device you’re using, whether you’re on a call, or your current mood. Status appears in conversations right alongside the “read up to here” indicator.
- Quicker to start new conversations, you can now attach photos from other sources like Google Drive
One thing that Google didn’t anticipate though is that a bug is present in the latest update of the app which could be a breaking experience for those using the Nexus 5 since this is the default SMS app. The bug was first discovered by Reddit user Recon2012. The bug forces the Hangouts app to close and then fail to restart when someone sends a large number of emoticons in group chat. Users will then not be able to login properly on the app which renders it useless.
Recon2012 made a post in Reddit stating that
“We have 12 people in our hangouts group. One of my friends decided it would be funny to spam at least 10 pages of emoticons (a monkey and a pig, to be exact.)
Upon doing it, none of this could get into the app.
So why does this suck? Well, we all know that the Nexus 5 relies on Hangouts for SMS (Without the use of 3rd party SMS). But if some jerk were to spam you a bunch of emoticons it means you can not use hangouts at all.
The solution we found is to log into Google+ on a computer and leave the group, and you can enter hangouts after that.
All 6 of our devices could not log into Hangouts on our phones ans tablets, but this did not affect iPhone users for some reason.”
Google is already aware of this issue and already working on a fix. Dan Morrill, a Google employee who regularly visits the Android section of Reddit, said that the project manager of Hangouts has already been notified.