Google will cease SMS support in Hangouts

Google is announcing several changes to its suite of messaging platforms. Hopefully by the end of this post, you’ll have a better understanding of what Google is actually trying to do. TL;DR available at the end of this post.

If you remember, Google had already announced that Hangouts would transition to a collaboration/productivity-oriented platform. It announced two new features called Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. Hangouts meet would take advantage of Hangouts video calls with multiple participants to hold meetings. Hangouts Chat is self-explanatory.

Hangouts’ rebranding aside,…