What is XMPP you say? well it stands for “Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol”, and is the industry standard protocol to allow the likes of Google Talk to move outside to exchange SMS with mobile phones and other SMS like Line, Whatsapp etc.
This means that right now, Google will not allow you to exchange traditional text messages with telephone numbers, which you could through Talk.
Google has become security conscious indeed a better word would be VERY security conscious and they would rather host all communication on their own servers. All is not lost though, despite the dropping of XMPP, this opens up up possibilities for new, more efficient features such as their “watermark” system replacing read receipts which allows the sender to see exactly where the others are in the conversation and shows you in real-time when they are typing a response whether it be from their browser or the Hangouts app on their mobile device.
For you and me, for now, using the Hangouts app, you won’t be able to exchange text messages. In the long run? Google will replace the XMPP with something more secure, probably that they’ve designed. The Hangouts app has the ability to send and receive SMS and MMS. See picture below.
Of course there will be interruptions mainly when features call for XMPP support, but Google are working on having those features back on track better than ever, and having a truly great hangout experience it’s meant to be.
We here at Land of Technology are looking forward to being able to replace SMS with Hangouts, are you?