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I've read so many posts about Google Voice, Google Hangouts, Google Chat, etc., and how GIF's that are larger than a certain size won't go through using GV, but go through using Hangouts.  This excludes about 90% of most GIF's these days...

My question is - when will GV get the basic gif compression that most other texting apps and basic handsets already have?  With the eventual discontinuation of Hangouts, it appears that GV may be our only way to send text messages with GIF's using our Google Voice numbers.  So...when is it time, Google?
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Hi wsw, welcome to the free, consumer version of Google Voice (a telephony product) community forum!
 
Google never discloses their future plans.  You can currently send a GIF file up to 2MB in size.  If you'd like to let the developers know of your desire, I'd recommend leaving feedback.  The developers do not use this forum for product input, or feedback.
 
You can leave feedback to the developers, by going to the Google Voice website (https://voice.google.com/​), and pressing the help button to the right of the search bar.  Scroll down, and choose "Send feedback".  You can also send Feedback from within the smartphone app, by tapping the menu () button in the top left corner, then selecting Help and feedback, then select Send feedback.
 
You will not receive any response, but rest assured, the developers do read all of the feedback, to see what people are saying, and what they desire in the Google Voice app(s), and Web interface.
 
Learn more about Google Feedback here (You can even view your past feedback):
 
I hope this answers your question!
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Zanzibar, it does answer my question, however not in the way I had hoped.  GIF compression/resampling appears to be BASIC technology that most if not all other texting applications have.  It boggles my mind why Google - an industry leader - has not had it in years, has not/will not disclose plans for it, and wants to remain ahead of the curve. 

If this is truly the answer, then the next question for me would be - is there an app that will resample GIF's to be small enough to send using GV?
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Hi wsw,
 
No idea.  I don't send GIFs via text message, and have never needed to resample them.  We're all volunteers in this forum, so none of us can answer your question about Google's decisions.  I recommend sending feedback, as described above.
 
I hope this answers your question!
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