Google Hangouts, messaging apps, chat applications

Still having issues with SMS and MMS sending and receiving in Google Hangouts? Apparently, you’re not alone.

In addition to December’s fixes for the SMS and MMS feature, Google has pushed out another update today that addresses more of the same.

One of the bugs specifically addressed by Google’s update prevented “some” users from sending text messages longer than 160 characters.

The update does not add any new features and also does not contain additional fixes beyond those already mentioned.

Like Facebook’s Messenger app Google Hangouts appears to have more users than dedicated messaging apps since it operates in conjunction with a full social network, Google Plus.

Google has been constantly pushing its social network into all of its services, including YouTube, so the amount of users Hangouts has can be skewed because of this and has been steadily increasing from last year’s 500 million. By comparison, Facebook has over 1 billion users while dedicated messaging platform WhatsApp has 400 million active users. Still, the number of active users on Hangouts has been steadily increasing as a result of these pushes.

The new Google Hangouts can be downloaded for free via Google Play.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at