This is BIG news - SMS integration is coming to Google Hangouts!
"You can have one place to manage all of your communication," said Google's Vic Gundotra on stage. That means you’ll be able to use Hangouts as your default app both for traditional texting and web-based instant messaging, effectively replacing the default SMS app.
The same update will also introduce a one-tap location-sharing feature. “How many times have you been in a conversation with a friend, and the question has come up, ‘Where are you?’” Gundotra said. “There’s simply a button at the bottom, a place button. You click it, and we will get your location from Google Maps and inject it with a single click.”
More announcements from today's event include:
- HD hangouts available to all users across all devices.
- Automatically removes people in the background of your photos.
- One-tap location sharing for its Android app.
- Hangouts adding support for animated GIFs