News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday October 29, 2013.
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Google today confirmed frequent rumors that the company would expand its recently updated Hangouts app to include SMS, allowing users to send text messages or start video calls in the same app.
Hangouts was expected to become a central communication hub when Google integrated its instant messaging and video calling features into one app last summer, but SMS was absent. We then got clues that text messages would come under the fold of Hangouts after the Messages app did not appear in any of the many Nexus 5 leaked images that have appeared online. Now we have confirmation that Messages is out and Hangouts is in - at least on stock Android. Samsung, Sony, and LG devices are all but guaranteed to continue including their own text messaging apps, as they have done in the past. Standard messaging rates will apply.
Also new to Hangouts is the inclusion of location sharing, animated GIFs, and the automatic HD setting for all video calls. Hangouts will allow users to pinpoint their location and send it to a friend, who can then see the location on an integrated Google Maps. Video calls will automatically have adjustments made to support higher quality streams and visibility enhancements for cameras.
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.