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November 9, 2013

Google rolls out Hangouts with SMS to All, Android and iOS

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When I received my new Nexus 5 it gave me a head start with the new Hangouts app that integrates SMS and MMS messaging into the conversation, but now the update is spreading to other Android devices, like my HTC One,

Hangouts 2.0 rivals Apple’s iMessages app so that Android users can finally import, send and receive text messages in Google’s native chat app. It’s available for devices running Android 4.0 and above. Let’s not forget that Google have also put Hangouts in Apple’s app store as well, link below.

Like it or not, it also adds animated GIFs to the mix, “cute kittens and all,” joked Google in the app’s official release notes. Optional perks include the ability to share your location, what device you’re on, whether or not you’re on a call, or your current mood.
Whether Android users are typing out an SMS or sending a standard Hangouts message, they can use the updated keyboard. The new Google keyboard, also reaching version 2.0 coincidentally, tries to out-cute Hangouts’ cat GIF ability with quick access to emoji smiley faces.

So far this button is only available to devices running Android KitKat 4.4 and above. Emoji frowny face, for sure. Turn that smile upside down, as all Google-powered devices are included when it comes to the new keyboard’s other perks: space-aware gesture typing and a simplified mini-keyboard.

Both updates should appear in the Google Play store for all Android users with compatible phones and tablets.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini