on Monday has updated that it is discontinuing SMS for Google Hangouts
feature for Web from July 2. Up till now the feature was available for
India, Pakistan, Israel, Turkey, Ukraine, Congo and many other countries
from Africa and Asia.
The service was introduced by Google for
developing countries in May 2013. Users in these countries could add
phone numbers to receive text messages to any mobile if they had enabled
SMS for Hangouts. The service
page now notes that,
"This service will be discontinued. It will continue to be available
until 2 July 2014." For other regions, the service page reads, "We're
sorry, the feature you are looking for is currently only available in a
limited number of countries."
Notably, the SMS feature from the
Hangouts app for Android will still be available. Users can still send
and receive text and multimedia messages in the Hangouts app. Google had
included this feature last year in October. The SMS for Hangouts
feature allows users to receive Hangouts messages as text messages and
lets them reply by the same.
Interestingly, there is a video
showcasing the alleged option to "Migrate Google Voice to Hangouts" in
Android now doing the rounds of the Internet. The feature menu in the
video shows "Not now" and "Turn it on!", suggesting that it will be
optional. Also the feature reads, "Receive voicemail and send texts
messages in Hangouts." It seems like that the feature is in its
'dogfooding' stage and might roll out to select users for testing.