Google Hangouts will no longer offer you with the ability to send or receive SMS messages. It will start from May. An email from G Suite Admins says Google will cut the option from the app on 22nd May. So basically it will no longer be the default messaging app on your Android device. You have to find another default messaging app now.
You will receive a prompt message about finding a new default message. They will get the message on 27th March. If you have any other chat app installed, Google Hangouts will tell you to make that as your default app. If you don’t have any app installed, hangouts will direct you to Google Play Store to get a messaging app.
If you are Google Voice user, it is a bit tricky.
People who used to send carrier messages through hangouts, they cannot continue it. But those who just sent SMS through Google Voice numbers, they can continue it as before. Google is gradually shifting its focus from Hangouts, and this is why this change is coming. The company is repositioning the messaging service to take on workplace communications tool slack.
Other options than Google Hangouts
The removal of a feature is not a cause for celebration. But it is a good move especially when it has a lot of chat apps. Other apps include the mobile-only video-centric apps, text-based chat apps like Allo and also the recently announced Android messages. Though there are certain complaints related to Android Messages app and Google Allo.
So we are not sure whether these two apps are suitable to use for chat purpose. If you don’t want to use Android Messages or Google Allo, then you can use the Facebook Messenger as your default app for messaging. Then again Facebook and Facebook Messenger too, have got few complaints under its name.
For instance, there are complaints that CIA might be peeking on your messages in Facebook and Messenger. So it is better to opt for other messaging apps in Google Play than Google Hangouts, Messenger, Android Messages or Allo.