Hangouts Dialer brings voice calling via Hangouts on Android

Hangouts Dialer brings voice calling via Hangouts on Android
This is one of those things that we all assumed was coming, but it took quite a bit longer than expected. Over one year ago, in July of 2013, Google added voice calling to Hangouts on the web. In October 2013, Google added voice calling to the iOS Hangouts app. And today, you can finally make voice calls via Hangouts on Android, but you need a separate app to do so.

Shortly after we learned that Google Voice was finally being integrated into Hangouts on Android, Google released the Hangouts Dialer app for Android. In short, the app allows you to make voice calls to real phones all around the world. Calls to US or Canada are free, and rates to other countries tend to be fairly competitive with services like Skype. Even better, if you have a Google Voice number connected to your Hangouts, you can make and receive VoIP calls, meaning you can have data-only service and still get calls and texts. 

The Hangouts Dialer does require an update to the Hangouts app (version 2.3), which is rolling out now, but may not be ready for your device just yet. Once you have the Hangouts update, the dialer itself will appear as a tab in the Hangouts app, but you will need to have the Hangouts Dialer installed, because without it the tab won't be there. 


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20 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Would be a decent feature if it didn't require a forced signup of Google+

2. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

What difference does that make? Apple won't let you do anything. I can't even access root files or see what's happening on the ios, and what's active and what's not.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What the does that have to do with anything?

4. TheMoltenD

Posts: 109; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

Is it just me or do these Apple fanboys get stupider every release? Apple literally forces you to use an Apple ID account, on android if you hate google that much you are not required to use a google account because they allow 3rd party app stores/services.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes you can "opt out" of using google on Android but you'd be missing out on a lot of core things. You won't be able to do much without using a Google account so indirectly you are forced to use Google.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, your statement makes me laugh... if you don't sign up with Google you'll be missing out on a lot of core things. You make it sound like Google is worth it and then not worth it in the same statement.

5. wilsong17 unregistered

You dumbtwat you are force to use a Apple Id.. in fact iPhone are useless without a id... I can side load app on my note 3 use the amazon store or samsung or any app.. I can downgrade a app.. can you do that... I also don't need a account to download anything but guess what you do.. I also don't need to have Google plus install on the phone to use the free wifi calling features

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Signup with Google, not G+. You aren't forced to use Plus at all.

7. HASHTAG unregistered

About time someone gets it right!

8. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Yea Michael, tell Mxzy. He's trolling . And he failed.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're being unreasonable.

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Mxzy sometimes your honest sometimes your biased and sometimes you troll. I even thump you up when I agree and state that. Even we all do. I'm not being unreasonable, but honest.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes Michael, you sound up with Google. But to get the full benefit here you have to use G+.

19. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

G+ is completely optional. Hangouts is separate. Nothing from G+ goes into Google Now. G+ authorship has been stripped from Search. So, please explain how G+ adds anything other than an optional social network.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Apple forces iTunes on everyone... what's your point?

20. jpraveensn

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

You can even disable the Google+ app. It is not forced upon you to keep it. You do not need to root your phone to disable the app. Also, Google+ app is rated one of the most battery drainers around.

3. Blazers

Posts: 734; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Still no option for a pop up quick reply.

14. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Does anyone no of a true voip or wifi calling using your existing number? Using a app from the play store. Not the TMO built in function, a actual app.

15. alannyny

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

Google Voice (unless used with Spare Phone or a similar app) burned mobile call minutes when used to/from real phone numbers, even though it wasn't the carrier-provided number and was carried by data/WiFi. Do we know with certainty that that won't be the case with Hangouts Dialer? I.e., it'll just burn data or nothing at all?

18. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I just confirmed that the Hangouts Dialer uses no plan minutes like Google Voice did. I placed a couple of calls and they didn't show up in the calls log in the carrier website. I'll double check again if the calls show up in the log in a few hours, just in case.

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