Hangouts update fixes MMS bug

by: Shawn IngramDecember 9, 2013

Hangouts updated for phone calls

A new update to Hangouts for Android brings a number of fixes to how the app handles SMS and group messages.

The update brings Hangouts to version 2.0.2, and doesn’t add any major features, but does seek to make the app more usable for users. Some users reported trouble sending and receiving MMS messages through Hangouts. This version should fix those issues, making it a more reliable app for text messaging.

Hangouts 2.0.2 also adds the ability to turn off MMS for group messages. By default group messages use MMS to send the same messages to a number of people at the same time, creating a thread for multiple people. Some users prefer to use group messaging to simply send the same message to different people, starting a thread for each person. This version lets users do that by giving them the option to turn off MMS for group messages.

Google added the ability to use Hangouts for SMS with version 2.0 of the app. It is the default messaging app in Android 4.4 KitKat, handling both Hangout chats and SMS chats.While the app consolidates messaging into a single app, it is not without flaws, The app doesn’t make it easy to distinguish between Hangout chats and SMS chats, and stores the two as separate threads for each person. This update doesn’t fix that issue, and it’s not clear if Google views it as an issue.

Of course, users can also choose to use any number of other apps for SMS if they don’t like Hangouts. Most manufacturers ship their own messaging apps on their phones, and there’s a plethora of options available in the Google Play Store.

Do you use Hangouts for SMS? Or do you prefer another app? Let us know down below!

  • Azeem

    What kind of MMS problems?

  • CEO_Steve_Jobs

    had a problem where I could not text with hangouts without data on so I used a text replacement from the store.

    just sent my nexus back today after having it for 3 days because the bad design decision to have the camera protrude out from the phone it cracked my camera after putting it down on its back…not the only person to have this problem the person I talked to said it was a fairly common problem people had.

    • MadCowOnAStick

      how do you crack the camera like that -_- i’ve put my nexus 5 down plenty of times and i’ve had it for a while now. it’s fine. it still looks new

      • SSDROiD

        His screen name is Steve Jobs and his profile picture is the Apple logo. I bet half the reason he is here is to flame Android devices! :P

    • SSDROiD

      If your screen name is Steve Jobs and you have the Apple logo in your profile picture, then you’re not welcome here! :P

  • Keith

    “The app doesn’t make it easy to distinguish between Hangout chats and SMS chats”…

    I see a small SMS icon in the lower right corner of the contacts’ avatars when the conversation is SMS, and no icon when the conversation is a chat. Is this not an indication of SMS versus chat?

    • KoRRo

      yes, but many times i missed it. personally i would like something more visible

      • Keith

        For me personally, that is enough. Keeps things clean and simple!

        • Jon Haar

          Mine also shows the SMS in the avatar and is plenty visible for me. I also prefer clean, simple, and minimal.Maybe screen size has something to do with it. On my droid Razr, its visible enough to not miss but not so obtrusive to be ugly or in my way. .02

      • Texas Black

        change your notification sound

  • Cochise

    I used it for a while and liked it until I realized it was sucking the crap out of my data usage. I used 2gb in a week. That’s one less gb than what I was using in a whole month. Once it can not use so much data I may use it again. I liked the app though.

  • oimeunomethom

    One thing that really bothers me is the fact he did not join the messages:


    +55 51 9999-9999 51 9999-9999 and are not grouped, are treated as 2 different numbers.

  • Caelum Cunnane

    I use Sliding Messaging Pro, best messaging app out there!

  • MattHail

    I use it as my default messaging app. So far so good and satisfies with it.

  • Chris

    I can`t see the “Group messaging” button on my Note2 (4.1.2 STOCK). Greetings from Vienna, Austria

  • Ivan Bastias

    I prefer the built in app in my note 2, since it let me to call from messages screen directly to someone, just taking the phone to my ear… Great.

    • SSDROiD

      That’s one of the reasons I love Samsung! :D

      • Ivan Bastias

        Me too

  • smokebomb

    Not sure where it is. It says 2.0.2 on google play, I don’t have an update option and my version shows as 2.0.1

  • rebelnjmom

    2.0.2 on my kids nexus 5 did not fix photo text problem, only managed to get group messaging to work after disabling MMS option. Any suggestions on alternative apps?