Google announced the Hangouts app yesterday during the I/O keynote and while the app appears to be feature rich, one particular feature did seem to have been left out. That feature is SMS integration, which while not supported at the moment — was one of the permissions.
The Google+ Hangouts app permissions noted the ability to receive text messages (SMS), read your text messages (SMS or MMS) and send SMS messages. Given these permissions were spotted, that brought the question as to why they were needed and when that support would be coming.
Anyway, Dori Storbeck, who is the Community Manager for Hangouts and Chat has since confirmed the support will be coming. We have yet to see a date, or even a narrowed down timeframe, however Dori did say “SMS integration is coming soon.” Furthermore, it was said that has been one of the most requested features.
That confirmation should be enough for most, however there is also some evidence of the SMS support in the Google Accounts settings. If you visit the settings page at www.google.com/settings/account you will find an option for “SMS for Hangouts.” This is described as being the place to “add your phone number to receive messages from Google+ Hangouts as SMS, when you are idle.”
The interesting (and slightly annoying) part will come for those who attempt to set this up. If you click the edit settings option and then the edit button you can begin to set things up, however the country list will be lacking for some and therefor stops you from completing the process.
SOURCE: Google+ Dori Storbeck
Good intent, messaging badly needs integration. But most of all, google should really integrate GTalk contacts, G+ circles and GMail contacts. They’re all over the place. How is it that i can’t email someone who’s already mutually in my G+ circle? Even with Facebook messenger, i can message people who already accepted my friend request.
Interesting that though this is the most requested feature, it’s still absent, anyway, I hope it comes really quickly. It’s always better to launch a product in a good state so that it receives very good initial reviews. As it is it’s a beautiful app, otherwise it simply sucks and doesn’t address the messaging fragmentation that it’s supposed to address.