More good news for Google Voice and Hangouts users—the two services finally get SMS and MMS support from Verizon. This is a major development because a lot of people have started to use Google Voice for their messaging needs.
There are numerous instant messaging apps on the Play Store today but old school MMS via Google Voice is still available. Google Voice MMS only works over mobile carriers with MMS support. Unfortunately, not a lot of carriers are getting MMS support that's why some messages are missed. But Google is changing all that as Alex Wiesen of the Google Voice team recently made this announcement on his Google+ page that the MMS support is expanding in North America.
There you have it. Just a day after we were speculating about the seeming migration of Google Voice to Hangouts, Google has officially made an announcement to the effect. When you update your Hangouts to its latest version, you will now be able to make free calls to other users of the messaging service, to numbers within the United States, and for a low fee, even calls outside the country.
In what may be the logical conclusion to this story, several Google Hangouts users have reportedly been receiving prompts to migrate their Google Voice to the messaging service. However, there has been no official announcement from Google yet, and even if you choose to "turn it on”, it’s still not working properly which may mean the process isn’t complete yet or this wasn’t supposed to happen yet but someone pushed a button already.
Google Voice transcriptions are a nice feature of the service. But as any Google Voice user will tell you -- the transcriptions are often more comical than useful. That may be the case as of today, however it seems Google has begun working to make some improvements.
Google has updated the Voice app for Android. But before anyone gets super excited about new features or new functionality -- this is a small update. The Google Voice app is being bumped from 0.4.2.82 to version 0.4.3.8.
Google Voice, the lone holdout in Google’s cobbling all messaging services into Hangouts, may not be long for this world. A new report suggests Google will fold Voice into Hangouts soon, just as they’ve done with Google+ Messenger, Talk and (sort of) the Android messaging app. Those who still use Voice may be left with little option, here.
With the changes coming to Google Voice, one popular function is coming. The ability to send MMS messages to Voice users has long been fairly exclusive to Sprint, but now T-Mobile is joining the frey. Via a Google+ post, Googler Alex Wiesen announces that the Un-carrier will jump on the MMS train.
When Google decided to make changes to Voice, they did so with the aim at unifying services. Part of their focus was in getting some third party apps, which they noted violated terms of service, to shut down. One of them, GrooVe IP, has announced they will be shuttering their service on May 15th, 2014.