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Google Voice has been granted a pretty decent update today, bringing the service to support MMS via a new carrier: Verizon Wireless. Additionally, Google has added native MMS support to the service for photo messaging and—if you choose to opt for Google Voice in Hangouts—you’ll be able to send photos as MMS like you would with any other normal attachment.

In addition to finally bringing the service to support MMS on all major carriers in the United States and Canada, Google also says that native support for group messaging via MMS will also be coming at some point in the future. If you want to give today’s new features a try right now, head over to the Google Voice website.

Here’s the full update announcement courtesy of Dylan Salisbury‘s Google+ page:

Good news, GV users! You can now stay in touch via MMS with Verizon Wireless users. Google Voice now supports MMS messaging with of all major carriers in the US and Canada.

Along with this announcement, we are also adding native MMS support for photo messaging to Google Voice. If you opt in to Google Voice in Hangouts, you can now attach photos to any SMS message and it will be delivered as a native MMS (instead of SMS with a link). Support for group messaging via MMS will be enabled in a future update.

As for the mobile apps, you can get Google Voice on the Play Store or the App Store for free (and Hangouts as well if you’d prefer that route).

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