No idea about Google messaging strategy. Now hangouts will no longer work with SMS, and its functions split into Messages and Duo(?). Just pick an app and make it work instead of all these diversions.
i loved using this for sms as well as hangouts chats, it was amazing for an all in one app, i'll up my rating if we can have that option back
Awesome liked it
For almost everything it did the job. Liked the material redesign. I had a problem for a year (2013-14). I eventually managed to fix it myself (revert to original and reinstall), but never heard once from Google, despite sending huge amounts of feedback from: crashes, failed texts, failed receiving of texts... the list goes on! Hate the removal of merged conversations.
Nice, the video calls lag sometimes, but it's excusable. I love the group messaging, as well as the GIF support. Definitely one of the easiest-to-use messaging apps.
Very simple and easy to use,
• Bug fixes and performance improvements