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Google Hangouts 2.0 with SMS support officially in Google Play

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Nov 8, 2013

Many of you would have installed the APKs we shared last week for Hangouts version 2.0 with SMS/MMS support which was dragged from the Nexus 5 KitKat firmware. Some of you (including me) experienced some minor bugs in that app code – like video calls force crashing the app. While that may not have been the end of the world, you can now replace that APK with the official app update from Google in the Play Store or if the rollout hasn't happened for you yet we have the stable APK below (and I can confirm video calls no longer force close).

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The Play Store version of Hangouts with SMS support is now available. / © Google Play Store

There's nothing else to report about the new app that we didn't already have in the leaked APK last week: SMS and MMS can now be sent and received in the one app, and of course, all your favorite Hangouts functionality is maintained. SMS messages are identified by a small icon on your contact's profile picture and within conversations you will be notified how a message was sent or received. There's also animated GIFs and location sharing. If you don't see the changes immediately, check your version number, as the staged rollout means the Play Store may be telling you that you've installed version 2.0 when you're actually still running version 1.2.018. Just be patient and keep checking or download the APK directly.

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It's been a while coming, but now it's officially here. / © AndroidPIT/Google

The new KitKat keyboard has also appeared in the Play Store, but the emojis that live inside it won't work until you have KitKat on your device – which is no one except Nexus 5 owners right now, and the keyboard was already on that device. But if you do install the new Google keyboard, when you finally do get KitKat you'll have all those little emojis ready and waiting for you.

Install Google Hangouts v2.0.122

Have you installed the new Hangouts yet? What are your thoughts on combined IM and SMS? Would you like to see this feature added to WhatsApp?

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.


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  • The day SMS are free with Hangout, I'll update it. Until that, I'll continue to use Whatsapp and Mysms.

  • Kris Carlon
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    Nov 11, 2013 Link to comment

    Simple solution until this happens is to just revert back to the old version of Hangouts and send IMs and SMSs separately. Although it is a pretty big flaw in Google's Hangouts expansion project. I would like the ability to get different notification icons for SMSs or Hangouts messages too - I always respond to SMSs straight away but IMs I happily leave till I'm less busy. With the same icon I always check and most of the time it's just a Hangouts message that isn't urgent.

  • While I am a huge fan of Google, I have a big problem with Hangouts. It does not allow for continuous input. The standard messaging app allows you to create up to 5 messages at a single time. Hangouts limits you to a single message. This is a problem for me as I like usually create messages that require 2 separate messages. I really do hope they fix this since it is their only caveat.

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