Hangouts for Android may finally get Google Voice integration soon

Hangouts for Android may finally get Google Voice integration soon
Not too long after Google first confirmed that Hangouts would be taking over the default SMS duties on Android devices, the company also hinted that support for Google Voice would eventually be added to Hangouts. That was over a year ago. We hadn't heard anything else until a few months ago, when it was rumored that Hangouts could fully absorb Voice. The rumor at the time was that we were only a few months from seeing the switch. 

Now, we're seeing evidence that the time may be very near that Hangouts will integrate Google Voice features, and maybe kill off the Voice app all together. It seems that a redditor used the debug menu and uncovered a new prompt in the Hangouts app that would allow for the migration of Google Voice into the app. If it worked, turning it on would have your Voice SMS and voicemail handled inside Hangouts. 

Unfortunately, the prompt doesn't actually do anything right now. It is also unclear when the move will be made. The assumption is that if Google has gotten to the point of adding in the prompt, it must be close to having the update finished. It should also be noted that the prompt allows you to opt out, which would mean that Google isn't planning to kill off the standalone Voice app just yet. 

source: reddit via pocketnow



1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Why don't Google Call.

2. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

what ?

3. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

finally, i think

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Might as well. GV has been dead for a while and Hangouts already has the ability to make calls minus a forced opt in to G+

6. EnigmaticPsychotic

Posts: 70; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

GV isn't dead for those of us on Android. And until they're fully merged Hangouts isn't really much of of an option.

7. tokuzumi

Posts: 1862; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

F-in finally! I like that GV added emoji support a month ago. That was a nice little +1. But I have to use hangouts (chat)/email to send pictures. Would be nice to just use one app for everything.

8. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

As long as they don't F up GV. It's my daily driver for SMS and voice calls.

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