New model means that you can use Google’s IM app to ship and obtain texts
As promised at last week’s Google+ event, the new version of Hangouts capable of sending and receiving text messages is now rolling out through Google Play. The update to brings things up to speed with the version of Hangouts on the Nexus 5, which is the default SMS app on that device. When you first load up the updated Hangouts you’ll be presented with a fullscreen message asking if you want to enable SMS support — tap yes and your messages are imported into the app, and you’ll receive future SMS notifications through Hangouts instead of your preloaded SMS app. Tap “Maybe later” and things will stay as they are.
For the most part, the texting experience through Hangouts 2.0 on any other device is the same as it is on the Nexus 5 — SMS conversations are shown in a list alongside your other, and you can choose whether you want to communicate over Hangouts or SMS when starting a new conversation. Want out? At any point you can go to Settings > SMS > Turn on SMS to enable or disable SMS in Hangouts.
The update also adds animated GIF support and a new location-sharing button, which which you could faucet to inform contacts the place you’re.
As standard the replace is being rolled out step by step throughout the Android person base, so do not be stunned for those who do not see it straight away. If you are updating nowadays, you’ll want to hit the feedback and tell us whether or not you are opting into SMS in Hangouts or no longer.