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After bringing Google Talk and Messages into Hangouts, SMS and MMS may be the next functions to follow. Leaked images suggest Hangouts will gain these features, leaving only Google Voice outside the Hangouts fold…. for now.

Could all of your communications go through Google Hangouts? It’s looking increasingly likely as Android Police has alleged screenshots showing that Hangouts will support both SMS and MMS in version 1.3 of the Hangouts application. The app has already consolidated Google Talk chat services and Messenger, leaving Google Voice as another potential part of the service.

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The screenshots posted by Android Police show settings for both SMS and MMS data, including a “delivery report for each SMS you send”. In the Hangouts app. you can also see a “via SMS” indicator so you can tell the difference between an instant message and a text message in Hangouts.

While this is just a rumor for now, the evidence looks compelling. And it makes sense for Google to consolidate communications in its Hangouts application, which works on both Android and iOS. Users should be able to communicate with each other in whatever form they wish and even switch among them, say from IM chat to SMS, at will. If this report does pan out, I’d expect Google Voice to follow suit since it has a text message component as well.

  1. Google consolidates everything messaging under the hood of Hangout. Wonder if it will replace the stock SMS manager on Android. And if it could just fold in Whatsapp…

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  2. i want sms sync

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  3. HYPERBEAMCANNON!!!!! Tuesday, October 8, 2013

    So what you’re telling me is that this report is making it sound like is that we can send SMS and MMS via Wi-Fi? As in the like the Kineto app that T-Mobile uses? (At the cost of no calling) Sounds great to me! Count me in!

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    1. No. You can send hangouts via wifi and continue the conversation with your contact even after you loose wifi (transitioning natively to sms)

      You’ll only be able to send SMS via wifi if they roll in Google Voice support (which currently allows you to do this, but only in the USA and maybe Canada). There’s currently no indication whether or not Google Voice support is included

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