Google delays new SMS feature for Gmail November 1, 2008Posted by Matsu in Information Technology, Software, Web.
You may already be aware that the Google used to have a send to SMS text message (send to cell phone) but it has been retired. On Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, Google released a new SMS texting feature for Gmail. Only, it proved to be too buggy and too unstable, so they pulled it back from the public and posted this announcement:
Oh snap. Last night, we started rolling out a new feature to Gmail Labs that lets you send SMS text messages right from Gmail. It combines the best parts of IM and texting: you chat from your computer and reach your friends no matter where they are. Your friends who are away from their computers get your messages as texts and can peck out replies on their little keyboards. It was pretty cool for a few minutes last night when we were sitting around texting each other.
Then we found a glitch. When you’d try to turn it on, it wouldn’t fully enable. We thought about keeping it out there — bugs and all — but the experience wasn’t that great. So, in the spirit of Labs, we’ve pulled SMS chat back to fix it, and we’ll get it back out to you as soon as it’s ready — probably within 2 weeks, so stay tuned.
I guess the good news is there will be a way to send SMS messages through Gmail. The bad news is we will have to wait a little longer for the software to get debugged. Hopefully, it will only be a couple of weeks. In the mean time, if you want to read how the feature works, this article provides a good overview of the new service and includes screen-shots.