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Google: Did we say use Hangouts for SMS? We meant DON’T use it for SMS

Ron Amadeo at Ars Technica:

Remember when Google finally integrated SMS into Hangouts, bringing Google’s beleaguered IM client a little closer to Apple’s iMessage? It seems like Google is now backing away from this strategy. In the newest update, Hangouts 7.0, the app now pops up a dialog box suggesting that you stop using Hangouts for SMS and switch to Android’s standalone SMS client, “Messenger.”

Google: Uhhhhhh, QUICK, LOOK OVER THERE. *runs away*