Hangouts set to be the future of Google Voice

May 20, 2013
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When Google announced their new Hangouts service at the Google I/O dev conference last week, their new unified cross platform messaging and video service, the first thought we had was in regards to Google Voice. Would Voice be going the way of Google Reader, or did they have something else planned. Today we're learning that Google Hangouts was designed to be the future of Voice.

Where are we hearing such reports exactly? A Googler from the Hangouts team, Nikhyl Singhal, had a few comments to share over on Google+ and we have all the details. He goes into a few brief comments regarding incoming and outgoing calls, Google Voice and more. Essentially stating that while outbound calls aren't supported on the web or Chrome extension in Hangouts, yet, you can accept incoming calls through Google Voice.

Singhal mentions that both inbound/outbound calls will both be supported extremely soon, from all areas that Hangouts are available. In the meantime however, users can keep using Google Talk if they'd like to enjoy those features like previously available. Then he moved on to Google Voice, something many have been patiently waiting to hear about.

"Hangouts is designed to be the future of Google Voice, and making/receiving phone calls is just the beginning. Future versions of Hangouts will integrate Google Voice more seamlessly."

So that's good news. We know many of you have been patiently awaiting a Google Voice update, more features, and hopefully video chatting. This looks to solve everything in one go, hopefully. Original leaks suggested Hangouts (formerly babel) would be a unified messenger of all of Google's services. This still looks to be the plan, the rest will just be "coming soon" according to these reports.


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  • http://www.mikestenger.com/ Mike Stenger

    Great news! It doesn’t make sense for calling and SMS to be in a separate service when Hangouts combines other forms of communication. Speaking of Google+, anyone notice that in the updated app, Messenger is still there? Seems some users will be a bit confused.

    • Christopher Robert

      G+ android app 4.0 is supposed to roll out today. it may eliminate that feature. but they are having an issue with the roll out right now with compatibility. just read an article on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=700415008 Edgar Irizarry

    Totally stoked by this. I’ve been waiting for soo long for a unified chat, sms, mms and calling service from Google. I’ve been using Google voice for so long and any time I needed to send a picture, doc or file I had to email. So glad this is going to merge all those services. It was such a pain to have to switch through 3 different apps.

  • Eric Coffman

    That would be one of the most exciting news from Google lately!

  • http://picasaweb.google.com/JTHolroyd/TileStoneWork JessSayin

    Does that mean we’ll be able to receive MMS texts now? ..which we still can’t do with Google Voice.