Home / News / Apps Probably not Allo, TBH. The dream of mobile messaging without SMS is dead. At least, for now. Russell Holly 24 Mar 2017 98 Hangouts is dropping SMS support on May 22, according to an email sent to G Suite administrators. Starting March 27, Hangouts users will get a message explaining the change so there’s time to choose a new app. Weirdly, Google is trying to frame this feature removal as an improvement. Last year, we announced several improvements to the most popular features of Google Hangouts, such as the new video meetings experience and better group chat messaging. As a part of that ongoing effort, we will be removing carrier SMS text messaging from Hangouts on Android after May 22, 2017. The email continues on to explain that Google Voice users will not be affected by this change, which in turn means Project Fi users are also clear to continue using Hangouts for now, but honestly why bother? It’s not hard to see where this is going. Perhaps most important, this change and its future consequences makes it clear Google isn’t pursuing a world where it is the universal identifier anymore. Google wants Hangouts Meet… Read full this story
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