The opening of the new year brought with it a rush of big plans that tech companies have in store for their loyal consumers. Google is no exception from these companies.
In a recent article by Ars Technica, a 2016 tracker is detailed which shows the many plans that Google is potentially working on for this year. The notable areas that the website lists include the following: a) Android N and the Chrome OS, b) a new messaging app that may erase SMS/MMS functionality in Google Hangouts entirely, c) split screen, d) RCS adoption, and e) a video editor, among other things.
Within the list, the next Android OS version and the possibility for the company to get rid of SMS and MMS in Hangouts are the two things that takes the spotlight.
Ars Technica offers an insight regarding the next Android version. One of this is the potential name of the new version.
While the website does not openly reveal that the Android N could stand for Nutella, this is openly shown in the cover photo that they use for the article–which shows the word ‘Android’ written in a Nutella jar. However, what is more interesting is the insight that the website offers. It says:
“The final version of Android N and the preview version of the hybrid OS are separate products, with N being released at the usual time and a Honeycomb-style “Android for PCs only” releasing in 2017.”
Although it will take time for Google to officially announce what Android N will be named, Nutella has been a sure favorite for excited fans.
Meanwhile, the introduction of a new messenger app that may ditch SMS and MMS in Hangouts is also another thing that the website includes in its projections.
If indeed this would happen, Techno Buffalo details a few features of Hangouts that can make sense as to why Google would rid of the SMS and MMS functionalities. According to the website, Hangouts made it easy for one Google user to communicate with another but there always seemed to be something lacking.
Nevertheless, while the SMS and MMS functionalities might be removed, Techno Buffalo suggests that the retention of Google Voice and Project Fi is the silver lining for Hangouts.