SMS in the Works for Google Hangouts

Yesterday’s Google I/O keynote may not have brought us the rumored Google Babel – at least not with that name, anyway – but we did learn of work towards a unified messaging system, only adopting the old Google+ name of Hangouts. The company announced Hangouts for web, Android, and even iOS, giving users a consistent experience across disparate devices. It all sounded quite interesting, but it wasn’t quite the comprehensive messaging experience we dreamed of, missing one key feature: connection with your phone’s SMS messages. Luckily, it looks like that’s essentially confirmed, and should be coming to Hangouts in the near future.

Google’s Dori Storbeck took to Google+ to announce the iOS version of Hangouts, then fielded some user questions about the service. In doing so, she responded to one in particular about SMS, revealing that it’s one of the most-requested Hangouts features and will be “coming soon.”

Separate rumors have suggested that Google Voice integration could also be in the works, but the ETA for that may be a little farther out than just straight-up SMS.

Source: Dori Storbeck (Google+)
Via: Droid-life

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