This is a big one! We are pleased to officially announce that MMS text messages over Google Hangouts are now supported on Republic Wireless. Tons of you have asked for this capability in our Think Tank and we get a little kick every time we’re able to cross another member suggested feature off the list. It’s collaboration at it’s finest. But allow us to gloat for a minute, because this was no small feat!
You see, being able to send MMS over 3rd party apps is not as straightforward as it is with SMS in the Android OS. It simply wasn’t designed to easily send an MMS using an Android API. We were unable to modify any 3rd party apps accordingly, but you wanted it. Heck, we wanted it—we use the same phones and service you do, afterall. So, with determination, and our amazing devs and engineers being who they are, we created a solution from the ground up that will work for a majority of 3rd party messaging apps. How awesome is that!?
What does this mean for you? Well, for now we are just starting with Hangouts. You can now have a truly unified interface to send and receive Hangout messages, SMS, and MMS all in one place! To get this going, follow the Hangouts instructions here. However, just like with Hangouts, there is opportunity over time to get other 3rd party messaging apps enabled too. Use the Think Tank to vote for your favorite app.
So go! Get to texting pics and videos to your friends and family over Hangouts. It’s a cool new feature we’re proud to offer. You asked for it. It didn’t seem possible. We created it anyway. We will never settle. If a solution doesn’t exist, we’ll invent one to get us there. For you, and for us.
Enjoy, and feel free to leave us any comments here.