Google is getting rid of the Hangout’s SMS messages, and is warning users well in advance.
Starting next Monday, app users should start seeing a prompt warning them to choose a different message app. Users who already use another SMS app will not notice a change.
Google has been rolling out multiple changes to Hangouts recently. It’s added Meet and Chat apps within Hangouts, which split Hangouts into two separate apps for group text chat (Chat) and group video conferencing (Meet). Now that it’s doing away with Hangouts’ text message function, could we be seeing the end of vanilla Hangout entirely?
SMS will disappear from Hangouts entirely by May 22.