Gmail SMS Feature Delivery Time Extended
Article by George Norman
On 03 Nov 2008
The Google team came up with a great concept, announced it to the world, and just when we were all hyped up about it and wanted to try it out for ourselves, Google took the jam out of our donuts by announcing that the SMS feature will not get here on time.

For those of you keeping track, product manager Keith Coleman came out last week and announced that the built-in chat feature within Gmail will allow account holders to send out SMS messages. The only inconvenience at the time was that the feature did not work in Europe, just in the US of A. Now another product manager, Leo Dirac, has come out an announced that Google needs two more weeks to work out the bugs in the system. What this means is that you will have to wait two more weeks before taking our advice on how to use the Gmail SMS feature.


According to Google’s Leo Dirac, the issue resides in the fact that the SMS feature did not fully enable. This bug was discovered by the Google team the same day the feature was released, after a few rounds of texting one another. Their first reaction was to just leave the feature out there and allow Gmail account holders from the US to test it out, bugs and everything. After some careful consideration it was decided that the bug did not make for a very enjoyable user experience and consequently the SMS feature was rolled back.

Google estimates it will take their development team about two weeks to address the problem and start rolling out this new feature. It is a shame they did not discover the problem earlier. Still, we will keep you posted on any new developments. Hopefully the Gmail team will stay true to their form and fix the issue ahead of time.

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