The new Google Plus Hangouts messaging platform could soon become a replacement for your smartphone's texting app, after Google confirmed that SMS integration is on the way.
The new Hangouts platform for iOS and Android devices and the Google Chrome browser was announced on Wednesday during the Google I/O conference.
Hangouts, which was codenamed Babel in the weeks leading up to the launch, combines aspects of Google Talk, Gmail and Google video chats and aims to become the dominant messaging app regardless of which platform users are on.
As well as all that, Hangouts also enables users to send messages to others even when the recipient is not signed in, which led to speculation that SMS integration would follow.
That was confirmed by Google's community manager for Hangouts Dori Storbeck who told posters on Google that "SMS integration is coming soon."
As SlashGear points out, the first version of the app, which is available to download now, requires permissions for reading and sending text messages.
This suggests the feature has already been planted within Hangouts and just needs Google to release it into the wild.
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