Google Hangouts Leak Confirms Upcoming SMS Integration, Video Sharing


When Google launched Hangouts back in May, the company promised that the service would one day get SMS integration on Android — just like Facebook Messenger has. And it appears that this, along with video sharing, is imminent after the Google Hangouts version 1.3 update was leaked this week.

The screenshots, first published by Android Police, confirm that both SMS and MMS functionality will be included in the Hangouts app on Android, finally allowing you to replace the regular Messaging app. The screenshots also confirm that video sharing will also be added in the same release.

So that you can distinguish between instant messages and traditional text messages, the app will display a “via SMS” messages next beneath the latter — as you can see in the pictures below.

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What’s even more interesting is that Android Police reports there’s a chance Hangouts will replace the Messaging app altogether on Android in Android 4.4 KitKat. So you will no longer have a standalone app for traditional SMS messaging — it will all be handled by Hangouts.

If that’s the case, we should find out more about it at Google’s upcoming Nexus 5 event. We’re expecting that to happen in the coming weeks, but the search giant is yet to send out media invitations.