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Google Hangouts 2.1 for Android merges IM and SMS

Google Hangouts 2.1 for Android merges IM and SMS

Google has updated Hangouts for Android, with v2.1 further blending SMS and Hangout conversations, likely much to the chagrin of carriers. Hangouts 2.1 - which will roll out in the Google Play store over the coming days, Google says - now merges text message and Hangouts chat into a single thread, with a toggle to control whether new replies go out over SMS or through Google's IM service.

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Google Hangouts adds SMS support but KitKat keyboard prompts typist fury

Google Hangouts adds SMS support but KitKat keyboard prompts typist fury

Google has released Hangouts 2.0 for Android, adding in SMS and MMS support in addition to enabling group MMS conversations and embedding animated GIFs. Promised when the incoming update was first revealed late last month, the new app also drops alongside an update to the Android keyboard, also bringing it to version 2.0, though that change has been met with less enthusiasm from users.

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Android 4.4 KitKat will allow users to select default SMS app

Android 4.4 KitKat will allow users to select default SMS app

Presently, those who aren't keen on Android's Messaging app have a variety of different options to choose from via the Play Store, some that function better than others. One of the reasons some apps have their share of issues is because of how the developers have to go about creating them -- with hidden APIs, something that will come to an end with the arrival of Android 4.4 KitKat.

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SYNC by 50 Wireless Speaker blasts past headphones with Bluetooth 4.0

SYNC by 50 Wireless Speaker blasts past headphones with Bluetooth 4.0

It would appear that even SMS Audio has decided to lay claim to the Bluetooth speaker universe as essentially every headphone company has done over the past couple of years. This machine continues the naming conventions started with 50 Cent's entry into the earphone market with the title SYNC by 50 Wireless Speaker. This device works with Bluetooth 4.0 aptX technology and will be kicking out the tunes this week.

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Google+ Hangouts SMS integration coming soon, says Google

Google+ Hangouts SMS integration coming soon, says Google

Google+ Hangouts got a major face-lift yesterday when Google announced that all of their chat services would be merged together into one app. Essentially, users can now message each other over various platforms, as well as video chat. Furthermore, you can send someone a message without even them being signed in, hinting to the possibility that Hangouts could be an SMS replacement.

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Chat apps leave SMS behind as carrier cash-cow falters

Chat apps leave SMS behind as carrier cash-cow falters

Mobile instant messaging apps have overtaken SMS for the first time, new research suggests, marking a likely end of the text message cash-cow for operators. Nearly 19bn IM chat messages were sent every day in 2012 on average, according to research firm Informa, in comparison to 17.6bn traditional text messages, with analysts claiming some carriers are already "seeing a decline in their messaging revenues."

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