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Arne Hess

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Ever, since we were talking about mobile texting, we were talking about unified messaging and the unified inboxes. This became even more important when E-Mail and MMS were added to mobile phones and since we have smartphones with its countless ways to communicate, it seems to be even more important. Looks like Google saw it the same and with the recently announced Google Hangouts update for Android, Google added some - on the first sight - "useful" features. For instance can Google Hangouts now be used for sending and receiving SMS and MMS messages. And it's even able to import existing messages from other SMS and MMS clients to make the move to Hangouts even more convenient.

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#2

Annonymous

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Arne, the way you described and summarized it shows that Google indeed went too far! Wasn't aware of the consequences of the Hangouts update and also turned it off now! Thanks for sharing your concerns with us and keep up the great work!


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Anonymous

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Switch to Lumia! Je ne regrette rien! Arne, you are an old Windows guy! Come back to the bright side of the force! :-)


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#4

freeman

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The problem with this article is it fails to mention all these options can be turned off. On Android for example you can replace them completely with alternatives. Yes you can even  replace Google search with Bing search which is available on Android if you wish. To complain that Google has crossed the line while posting on a website with urchinTracker now owned by Google and four social network likes +1's etc is hypocritical. If your going to complain about tracking at least do it on a site that doesn't use tracking.

Here is the solution to your problem turn the option off.  Personally I like the feature as it reduces the amount of calls I get while on a call.

So lets look at tracking and have a reality check for people like Arne, every-time you hit a webpage you are being tracked by multiple sources all depending on your platform, browser, site, search engine used, tracking software used and ad system used. Now if you have a problem with this this then opt to Firefox, an ad blocker and duck duck go. As for a mobile stick to your 1998 nokia 3330 or something, all mobile platforms track.  Though if everyone does this remember you will have to pay much more to use the internet.

Though Google has several differences between say Microsoft.  Every company and web site tracks your data and use it for marketing reasons or to sell to third parties for marketing reasons. Google actually allow you to use this data. This is Google web history and Google now.

The biggest questions about personal data revolve around Microsoft and Yahoos selling data to Obamas last campaign and how it was personalised. Yet people like Arne here would rather complain as they can't turn an option off.


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#5

For the tech savy

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I bought their new Nexus Phone. Was angry at how instead of messaging i got the hangout app. Also, when i went to enter contact details. It forced to me to syn contact with the gmail and did not allow me to enter it if i refused.

There are solutions to this however.

First of all.

Root your Phone. Rooting means you have access to everything in your phone even the parts that are disallowed like system files, memory kernels and apps that cannot be removed.

I rooted my phone. First thing, after i did that was remove "hangouts" and downloaded another basic messaging app. You can download app master after rooting to remove anything on your phone including google services.

To disable contact sync i went into settings - options - apps - google sync service( click this and disable it)

Hope this helps.


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