Google drops SMS from Hangouts, adds enterprise features

A service that started in 2005 will see its end this year, something that the company has been planning to do since 2013. For this objective, there are strings in the app for a banner that will be appearing in Hangouts 18 and later telling users that "SMS is moving out of Hangouts" and suggests that users "switch to another SMS app already on your phone". But those who just sent SMS through Google Voice numbers, they can continue it as before. On the Android app, Google Talk will completely cease functioning as well as all third-party apps that have been designed for Google Talk.

At last, for a great many people, this move won't be a noteworthy change.

Google said it's working with carriers and device manufacturers to include Android Messages natively in Android devices. Way back in 2013, Google began encouraging Talk users to switch to Hangouts, and on June 26 the transition will be complete and its doors will be closed for good. Though there are certain complaints related to Android Messages app and Google Allo.

Google Talk first started in 2005 and was an instant-messaging service aimed at adults.

According to the reports, on June 26, Google will be pulling down the Google Talk messaging service in Gmail making users to shift to Hangouts, another messaging service by Google. For users that preferred the Google Talk look, there is a Dense Roster setting in Hangouts that provides a similar experience. With the presentation of Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, which include encourage upgrades in gatherings and group joint effort, it is now time to bid farewell to Google Talk.

Talk users within Gmail will receive a prompt in the next few weeks, inviting them to switch to Hangouts. At its recent Google Cloud Next conference the company also announced the introduction of Hangouts Meet and Hangouts chat for business users.

Moreover, Google is also removing the ability to email Google+ profile and the use Google+ Circles from the Gmail.

  • Arturo Norris