Users experiencing messaging bugs hopefully get their fix

Big G has pushed out a small update for the Hangouts app today, and while the change log is short, it looks to be exactly what more than a few have been waiting for.

What's New (2.0.3)

  • More fixes for sending/receiving MMS
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some from sending SMS longer than 160 characters

Behind the scenes fixes may not be glamorous, but if you're a user affected by the bugs that get fixed, they are the best kind. As usual, Google is doing their slow trollout of the app, so you may not see an update right away. Keep checking, or dig into the wilds of the Internet for that sideload.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!


Reader comments

Hangouts app updated with fixes for SMS and MMS


Ditto. I'm okay with them being separate, but I still pine for the unified messaging setup from my Palm Pre.

Would you be so kind as to telling me where to find that setting? I have google voice integrated with sprint so if I can get it to work only on the desktop client this would be PERFECT for me.

I wish they'd fix the bug that some of us experience where we can send messages in group contacts but we do not receive the responses until 10-20 minutes later.

Any word on an update to their iOS app. I would love to use Hangouts more, but compared to other messenger apps, it's pretty rough.

I believe Google has two different teams for the iOS and Android versions. So it's unlikely you'll see parallel updates

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I've had several instances of not receiving people's SMS messages and I ended up moving to Textra for SMS/MMS use. I've been happy with it since! I like that I can access someone's People profile directly from the app, don't know why Hangouts never had that option...

I want to see them include functionality to mark messages read from notifications and reply with the overlay that the regular Messaging app has. I love those features. ^^

Anybody know if they fixed the sending to 5 digit short code issue? I'm using 8sms instead and not changing back until that's fixed.

i have been attaching way before this update and it is working for me.

for mms to work you need to enable carrier data. maybe that was the issue u r facing

When I connect this app to retrieve SMS it kills my visual voicemail app. I need this fixed, until then SMS is separate from hangouts.


Only problem I had as a sprint user was getting cut off at 160. I can verify now that it's working fine. I'll give it a go for a few days to see if I miss evolve sms.

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I'm so glad this is fixed, was my biggest gripe with hangouts. Also on Sprint.

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I would also like to know this. Visual voice mail was getting intercepted by Hangouts, Manning style...

Eli or Peyton?

Regular season Peyton or super bowl Peyton?

Kit Kat tastes like Jellybeans. Can't tell them apart...

Are they ever going to merge the convo into a single stream per person ( similar to webos), right now it's a pain to have sms and gchat for the same people not in the same stream..

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Yes! Finally!!! I was not having issues with sending SMS messages ever on Hangouts. I was not even having issues with sending MMS (pictures) when most other people were with version 2.0 and 2.0.1. Then when they released 2.0.2 to "fix" the MMS message problems people were having mine STOPPED working. So I switched to Textra. I will switch back to Hangouts a couple days decide if I want to stay with Hangouts or Textra.

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Does anyone else have the problem when your viewing a picture in hangouts and it will switch to another photo or an older photo?
And if so did this update fix this issue?

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I had that problem with my nexus 5. I checked and it seems to be ok now, time will tell though.

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The only other issue I have noticed is a significant lag when scrolling through the emoticons list (while using SwiftKey). I have found that if you wait about 5-6 seconds before you scroll it doesn't do it. But I have to wait that time in each category. Also, the lag seems to be non-existent with the Google keyboard. Anyone else notice this? I'm using the N5.

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