Hangouts was the one goto "killer app" on Android. It integrated video calling, voice and all forms of text messaging. Now some idiot decided to peel out SMS texting again. MASSIVE step backwards, idiots. Now I'm missing messages, don't know what app to use for who. What moron came up with that idea? This after they ruined Google wallet with similar moves. Take something fabulous, tear it apart and call it an improvement. What's next? Taking weeks out of the calendar and making a week app? Update: New forced update completely ripped out SMS now. F U Google.
From bad to worse, what used to be a pretty decent addition to the Google ecosystem is now awful. First they disallowed merged conversations and I guess that was the writing on the wall since now sms has been completely removed. Literally everybody wants the same thing, a singular app that can be used for sms/Im(Hangout messages)/video calls, and the ability to do all or most of that stuff from a computer. Google has the infrastructure and services and refuses to put it together. Google's messaging strategy is the most confused and horribly misguided thing in their arsenal. And the worst part is I can't even uninstall the piece of junk thing since it comes system installed on most phones and I still have that 1 friend that talks on it.
I love Hangouts! Needless to say, I was relieved that my Google Voice number allowed me to avoid the latest changes which revoked the option to use Hangouts as the default SMS app on android. But, I still got the prompt to switch and got impatient with it being on screen; when the chambers change didn't apply to my situation. I finally tapped that option thinking that but it resulted in me not being able to set it as default SMS despite still having the ability to send SMS. Today, I signed out of the app, uninstalled it's updates, deleted the data left in Settings>Applications Manager>Hangouts, updated, opened, signed in, personalized the settings and viola! Hooray for me! Update: The Annoying prompt is back. "SMS is moving out of Hangouts - Google Voice texting will still be available in Hangouts etc..." Exactly, that's why I'm still using it. Why won't this inapplicable prompt stop littering the text tab of GV users?
The app is so useful that Google is trying to kill it. You get free calls to and from real cell numbers over WiFi, porting to Google voice. With a data Sim that gives free cell service, less the cost of data. They can't unravel this loophole, so they slowly remove features to try to kill the apps popularity, until they will finally close off this feature once and for all. With 1 billion+ downloads, why would any company intentionally destroy an app? Because it is not cost effective to have users continue using this app. All updates to this app slowly destroy it's functionality...intentionally. I will use this app until it dies, because it is still cost effective for my family, but I would not recommend it's use because it is a temporary app, at best.
Hangouts is useful, but keep an eye on him!! As at times his behaviors can be erratic?? Which if some twisted person wanted, they could gain access to your info via sim. Just be safe and keep an eye on his behavior.. like strange picture, screen shots, files, etc.. be careful and practice safe text!! Remember always wear a sim lock. Lol.
I love this app. I do not have a phone and I was trying to find ways to text friends and family without a number. I tried numerous apps that just weren't cutting it. My friend introduced this app to me and I didn't even realize that it was built in to my Samsung tablet. I use this app pretty much every day. The only thing that could make it better in my opinion is if there could be a walkie talkie mode on it. I've been trying to find walkie talkie apps and none of them really work for a tablet. Even the ones that do actually work have extremely bad quality. I'm sure if the app had a walkie talkie on it that it would be even better.
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