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  1. cjbart1009's Avatar
    Just wondering. Who prefers it over the stock messaging app? Pros and cons?
    08-25-2014 01:48 AM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I like Hangouts. I prefer to consolidate when I can, so I'd rather not have a separate messaging app and Hangouts. I do use Hangouts with some people, so that functionality is important to me. I also love the emojis on Hangouts.

    The main drawback I encounter is that I have to look a little carefully at the contact information when sending a message to someone, to make sure I'm sending it as an SMS or a Hangout, depending on the situation. But that's pretty minor for me.
    08-25-2014 02:01 AM
  3. I Can Be Your Hero's Avatar
    I use Hangouts. Do I prefer it over the stock messaging app? Hmm, not really. The only reason I use it is because I use the IM function of it as well.

    I think the stock HTC messaging app is faster, cleaner and nicer looking, but it only does SMS, whereas Hangouts does both SMS and IM, so it's more convenient to use. If I could get Hangout IM integration into the stock HTC messaging app, I'd use that full time.
    08-25-2014 02:05 AM
  4. AussieAndroid's Avatar
    Can't stand Hangouts. It makes messaging people so much more difficult, especially if you have multiple gmail accounts on your phone.

    I also consistently (accidentally) delete message threads using it.
    08-25-2014 02:17 AM
  5. whitelunchbag's Avatar
    I use hangouts but not for SMS

    My M8 posted this
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    08-25-2014 02:27 AM
  6. wizzrah's Avatar
    I use hangouts for convenience. Since I use it a lot to chat with other people, it's cool to have SMS and conversations all in one place.

    Sent from my nifty 2 year old AT&T HTC One XL
    08-25-2014 02:43 AM
  7. Eclipse2K's Avatar
    I don't have an M8 but I do use Hangouts for SMS and normal Hangout messaging. I prefer to have all in one and its very simple for me.

    Samsung Galaxy S5 (Verizon)
    08-25-2014 04:50 AM
  8. oditius's Avatar
    I use Hangouts, no special reason I just find it easier to use.
    08-25-2014 06:13 AM
  9. Whyareallthegoodnamestaken's Avatar
    I use it for SMS and IM, but mostly SMS. I actually like EvolveSMS better because it has a dark theme but I like to have as few apps as possible.

    It would also be nice if hangouts had some of the IM features that BBM has for groups such as shared lists, calendars and photo albums.

    Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk
    08-25-2014 08:33 AM
  10. kronosqq's Avatar
    I use stock, I've liked the UI of hangouts alright from the beginning, but in terms of UX I find it leaves a lot to be desired. It's gotten better, but not to the point where I'd want to use it for more than Google Talk functionality.
    08-25-2014 01:18 PM
  11. android jack's Avatar
    Tried hangout but too complex and needs recipient to have hangouts. Stock messaging is simple. Of course I mean all of this in terms of sms. Haven't had an opportunity to test other features of this.
    08-25-2014 02:10 PM
  12. oditius's Avatar
    Tried hangout but too complex and needs recipient to have hangouts. Stock messaging is simple. Of course I mean all of this in terms of sms. Haven't had an opportunity to test other features of this.
    It doesn't need the recipient to have hangouts if you are using text, only for free text. I use it to text all the time, it's the only app I use currently.

    Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk
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    08-25-2014 02:31 PM
  13. cjbart1009's Avatar
    So what's a good alternative besides hangouts?
    08-25-2014 04:20 PM
  14. Whyareallthegoodnamestaken's Avatar
    So what's a good alternative besides hangouts?
    EvolveSMS

    Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk
    08-25-2014 07:07 PM
  15. Benjamin_NYC's Avatar
    I don't like how hangouts shows a little edge of your last viewed conversation on the right of the conversation list. Very disorderly looking IMHO.

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    08-25-2014 07:14 PM
  16. Android Optimizer's Avatar
    So what's a good alternative besides hangouts?
    What carrier are you on? Some of the carriers have their own texting apps. Verizon for example has Verizon Messaging (aka Message+).
    08-25-2014 08:06 PM
  17. whitelunchbag's Avatar
    So what's a good alternative besides hangouts?
    8Sms, nice and simple

    My M8 posted this
    08-25-2014 08:42 PM
  18. Jamal Ahmed's Avatar
    Wouldn't it be much more comprehensive to use a poll?

    EDIT: Yes, I use hangouts, but only for video call.
    08-25-2014 11:11 PM
  19. raymaane's Avatar
    L O V E hangouts lol. But I do not use it for SMS

    Posted via Android Central App
    08-25-2014 11:27 PM
  20. stkorn97's Avatar
    I use it for group chat with friends, but dont use it for SMS. As a whole I dislike the app since it has no color options or even a dark theme. If they ever add that, I would actually consider using it for SMS etc.
    08-26-2014 12:59 AM
  21. tryatt's Avatar
    Absolutely hate it! I can't remember what it was called before it was called hangouts (Google Talk?) , but that was perfect, nice and simple. I only used it for video calls, now I've just stopped using it. Its a shame because now I have to rely on other people having Skype installed.
    08-26-2014 03:31 AM
  22. cpaight's Avatar
    I use it for both SMS and Hangouts, I just wish it could send SMS over wifi only like my old Google Voice could...I still have to use FB messenger for some contacts when I only have wifi and they don't have the hangouts app.
    08-26-2014 08:48 AM
  23. randall2580's Avatar
    If you play Ingress you use Hangouts - a lot.
    08-26-2014 02:07 PM
  24. vinnie_boombhats's Avatar
    So what's a good alternative besides hangouts?
    Handcent. Completely customizable, which is very important to me in making my phone, mine. I do not think any other messaging application is nearly as customizable. You can change just about everything. Personally, I can not stand those idiotic chat bubbles. Handcent allows me to erase them.
    petern23 likes this.
    08-26-2014 10:41 PM
  25. TarekElsakka's Avatar
    I honestly prefer HTC SMS to Hangouts because it's much less of a hassle, especially when you have three Google accounts on your device. It's just cleaner, simpler, and much easier to use, and no, I don't even use Hangouts to IM so that's probably another reason why I completely avoid it.
    bigoldthor likes this.
    08-27-2014 08:24 AM
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