Hangouts for Android updated with new tabbed UI and support for voice calls

Hangouts for Android updated with new tabbed UI and support for voice calls
Today is update Wednesday for Google, and today's updates seem to be all about Hangouts. First, we saw indications that Google Voice will finally be absorbed into Hangouts, then Google released a new Hangouts Dialer to allow for voice calls in Hangouts, and now there is an updated Hangouts app to support the Dialer and bring a new tabbed UI.

Visually, Hangouts has gotten an extremely welcome UI overhaul. It now features a tabbed UI for easy switching between your contacts list, messages, and the dialer (if you have the Hangouts Dialer app installed), and swiping will move you between tabs. You'll also notice that the top bar of Hangouts has been colored green in preparation for the colorful new design of Android L. 

In terms of functionality, the big addition is support for the Hangouts Dialer, and therefore support for voice calling. Once you install the Dialer, a new tab will appear in Hangouts to allow you to make calls. Most users will be able to use it for free calls to the US and Canada and discounted rates on other international calls; but, if you have Google Voice, it can turn Hangouts into a complete VoIP calling solution after you turn on the option to receive calls in Hangouts. 

As mentioned, the Hangouts update is rolling out now, but you can head to the Android Police source if you want to sideload it. 


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8 Comments

1. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Already did this today....finally

2. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

About time...

3. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

1 year after iOS. Way to go #Google.

6. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

just remind you this news is about App called Hangouts, not about OS

7. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

It is about app. Google gave iOS users voice integration in their Hangouts application a year ago. It is about time it brings it to it's own platform for god sake.

4. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

& of course tick tock and still no update to my hangout app here.. You can download the dialer but it does not work until the update. Somewhere else did say over the next few days. Only took them long enough already. What's a bit more right.

5. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

If you don't want to wait just download the updated Hangouts apk and install it.

8. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

You can receive call and make call However, I haven't figure out a way to text to other numbers using Google voice number yet. Anyone know how to do it?

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