Google Voice finally starts integrating with Hangouts, but it's a rocky start

Google Voice finally starts integrating with Hangouts, but it's a rocky start
We've known that this was coming for a while, and it looks like Google is finally starting to integrate Google Voice into Hangouts on Android. Unfortunately, it also looks as though there is a reason why Google is quietly rolling out the change, because users have been reporting quite a few bugs and issues with the changeover from Voice to Hangouts.

Some users have been seeing the dialogue in Hangouts to migrate their Google Voice texts and voicemail into Hangouts, but the issues present mean we'd recommend you not switch over just yet. First, while messages received by Voice are making their way into Hangouts without issue, replies are not sending properly right now, making the switch a bit pointless. Second, making this switch will cause your Google Voice extension in Chrome to stop working, meaning you may not be able to check and respond to texts on your PC. Lastly, there is no way to choose which number you use when responding to a text, they just lock you in to whichever number it came from. This means if you want to reply to a Voice SMS with a picture message, you'll have to back out and start a new message with your carrier number (because Voice still can't figure out MMS). 

Of course, all of these issues will be sorted out eventually, and these bugs are exactly why Google does a slow rollout of features rather than turning it on for everyone. We'll be keeping an eye on it to see if this is really the start of the marriage between Voice and Hangouts, or if it is still just more testing, and we'll keep you updated. 


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8 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, glitches aside, I'm excited for this update. Hangouts it a great communication tool. It's years ahead of what Apple tried to do with their live streaming of the iPhone 6 reveal.

2. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

And hopefully Hangouts for Android will also place calls to phones without using plan minutes as it does in iOS.

3. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Yes, that's really what I'm waiting for

4. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

It's here! You can now make calls via hangouts! Search for hangouts dialer in the play store.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Damn it! I cannot use Hangouts dialer because my Hangouts app is out of date and I am still waiting on my play store to get the new one... Odd... but whatever.

7. DimitriTech unregistered

They posted the updated apk here. droid-life.com/2014/09/10/google-brings-free-voice​-calls-to-hangouts-on-android-new-hangouts-dial-ap​p/ put https stuffs in front. cant post links yet.

6. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

The old Google Voice app could place calls too, but using plan minutes. The new dialer seem to suffer from the same cave in to carriers if I get the gist of this note: "Notes: Mobile carrier and ISP charges may apply. Calls to Hangouts users are free, but other calls might come with a charge."

8. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

No. Calls are free. I have the app, it says "Most calls to the USA and Canada are free." I also put the phone in airplane mode, turned on WIFI and made a call successfully.

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