When you first load up the updated Hangouts you’ll be presented with a fullscreen message asking if you want to enable SMS support — tap yes and your messages are imported into the app, and you’ll receive future SMS notifications through Hangouts instead of your preloaded SMS app. Tap “Maybe later” and things will stay as they are.
hangout select acount associate sms
hagout general settings
Here is the full changelog:
- SMS & MMS (Android 4.0+): Send/receive text messages with Hangouts! Import easily your existing messages, quickly switch between SMS and Hangouts, and start group MMS conversations
- Animated GIFs: send animated GIFs, cute kittens and all
- Location: share a location in your conversations
- Mood Status: share what device you’re on, whether you’re on a call, or your current mood
Google has updated its Hangouts Android app with support for SMS and MMS messages, animated GIFs, and location sharing. Anyone using version 4.0 and above of Google’s OS capable of sending and receiving texts through Hangouts.