AT&T Mobility has begun the process of offering cellular network support for preloaded video chat applications like Google's Hangouts, making good on a promise the operator first announced in May.
According to new numbers from Mobidia, traffic on Google Hangouts is far behind those of rival platforms including Viber, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. The results are notable considering Google Hangouts launched with significant fanfare in May across both Google's Android and Apple's iOS.
AT&T Mobility pledged to offer cellular network support for preloaded video chat applications like Google's new Hangouts by the end of 2013.
A Google executive confirmed the company's new Hangouts messaging platform will integrate SMS and outbound calling services in the near future--before then distancing herself from the comments.
AT&T Mobility is blocking video chat features integrated into Google's new Hangouts messaging service for Android.
Google's Android long ago eclipsed Apple's iOS in terms of sheer size: Gartner reports that Android powers 74.4 percent of all smartphones sold worldwide during the first quarter of 2013, up from 56.9 percent during the year-ago period and widening its already considerable lead on iOS, which plummeted to 18.2 percent from 22.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012. But size isn't everything, and iOS has always maintained a number of competitive edges over Android.