Google Hangouts killing SMS support

Google has announced it will remove carrier SMS text messaging from Hangouts on Android after 22 May.

Google said voice numbers will continue to be supported after 22 May.

“This change only applies to SMS text messages sent and received from carrier phone numbers,” said Google.

The company said it will prepare users for this change by showing an in-app message from 27 March.

Hangouts users will be prompted to choose another default messaging app already installed on their phone.

If none exist, they will be directed to the Google Play store to find a new SMS messaging app.

“Choosing a new messaging app will not impact existing SMS messages. All messages will be accessible in the new messaging app,” said Google.

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