From ‘Android Messages’ to adding new avatars to its communication platform-Hangouts, Google seems to implement some major changes in its messaging services over time. According to an email sent to its G Suite administrators, the Mountain View Company is reportedly planning to remove the text message feature from its Hangouts service in May.
The email posted on Reddit says that Google will cut the send and receive message option from the app on May 22. The email also states that the company will reportedly send out message in Hangouts from March 27 for Android users informing them of the removal of the SMS functionality. Google will also prompt the users to select a new default messaging service. Interestingly, SMS sent through Google Voice numbers won’t be affected by this change, however, the Google users who send carrier SMS through Hangouts will no longer get the option to do so from May 22nd.
In the email posted in its ‘entirety on Reddit’, it says this is part of ongoing effort and Google could supposedly have more changes planned for Hangouts in the future.
Evidently, the messaging app has seen almost no changes over the past few years, except Google recently upgraded the Hangout tool to bring a simplified platform for the enterprise segment. The company brought Hangouts Tool that offered a chat room service, making it available on all iOS and Android devices. The tool also got Hangouts Meet that eliminated the use of plug-in or sign-in and can start off a video conference with just a browser and a shared link.
As TheVerge cites, Google might probably plan to revamp its messaging tool to compete with Slack, a cloud-based team collaboration meant for teams and enterprises.