Google reportedly removing SMS capabilities from Hangouts in May, Voice users exempted

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With the company also showing renewed focus on Android Messages as the platform's defacto RCS client, it makes sense for Hangouts to eventually lose its SMS capabilities.

The move is described as part of an ongoing effort to improve "the most popular features" of Hangouts, which Google considers to be group chat and video conferencing.

In light of more consumer-focused alternatives like Android Messages and Google moving away from a unified messaging app, it makes sense that carrier SMS text messaging is finally being stripped out.

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