Make free voice calls to the U.S. and Canada after update to Hangouts for iOS

Make free voice calls to the U.S. and Canada after update to Hangouts for iOS
An update to Google Hangouts for iOS adds a voice calling feature that allows users to make free calls in the U.S. and Canada. Hangouts will use your Google Voice number for outgoing calls and incoming calls to that number can be answered from your Hangouts app. If you're an Android user and can't find this feature on your Hangouts app, well, that is because it doesn't exist yet. 

The Hangouts for iOS app is cross-platform and not only does it allow people using different OS to communicate, it also allows people using a desktop system and a mobile system to talk. And if you are on a device powered by Google's open source OS, no need for jealousy. You will eventually be receiving the same update that the iOS users are now enjoying.

Besides allowing you to make those free calls to the U.S. and Canada, the update also adds animated GIF support and incoming calls now pause your music  instead of turning it off. Yup, it's all good for iOS users and if you don't have Google Hangouts on your iPhone, iPad or iPod, now is the time to install it.

source: Hangouts (iOS), Google+ via Engadget



1. androidornothing

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

What the hell what about Android!!!! Cmon this is the reason i have Android to bag on my friends for having better google apps.

5. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

It will be released for android when android 4.4 is announced, it wont be exclusive to android 4.4, but chances are google is going to release the app when it includes sms and voice calls. Rather than release a voice update now and a week and a half later a sms update. Makes more sense this way

9. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

hey it supports gif in hangout too, i dont know too many apps but i think this will be the first app to support gif in mobile chat or sms or mms app category this calls for a gif itself

6. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I'm sick of Apple getting better Google app's than Android. If it wasn't for Google app's, Apple phone would be in the dark ages.

7. blingblingthing

Posts: 975; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

It does make for a better intro this app and kit kat end of the month. More than likely with an exclusive feature.

10. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

chill dude, you dont even know the entire situation yet and are firing up all cylinders. google may hold back updates, it may have been so called leaks by google to get people excited. google isnt one of world leading without thinking much ahead. they know what they are doing. doubt they need your advice or criticism.


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Google Rocks !! :D

3. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Maybe the android update will come when 4.4 does with SMS/MMS. Wouldn't make much sense to release iOS update earlier though lol.

11. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

i think hangout will get the update. this wont be exclusive to 4.4, we have seen lately google has been separating and updating singular apps through play store, not depending on oems to push updates any longer.

15. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

They'll announce it as part of the 4.4 conference tho. Because now there will be no more SMS messenger built in to android. It will be only hangouts which will handle SMS/MMS and now it sounds like GV too. Obviously the hangouts app will roll out to everyone shortly after.

4. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I cannot wait for this update. Right now I'm using Google Voice for texting and Groove IP for phone calls. I would love to just use one app instead of 3.

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Go ahead, work bugs out on them. They're kind of used to it.

12. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

Why does ios always get the first chance to enjoy the new app benefits

13. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

My guess would be that it is easier to release an app on iOS then android. There is more optimization needed on android as there a lot more phone models to support.

16. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

No. It's because Apple takes their sweet time approving any app updates. (man that must be an awful job) and Google has to push updates to iOS a few weeks early so that iOS and Android receive updates at about the same time. Because Apple has control over when it's pushed to the app store, it's a wild guessing game as to when it'll go live. Better to play it safe this way.

14. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Harigrg33 That is just how the economy is. IOS first until all the sheep wake up. I am still waiting for kingdom rush frontiers and plants vs zombies 2. I can play them on my iPhone but you really don't want to on that tiny 4 inch screen and I am not buying an iPad ever again.

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I can't wait for Hangouts for Android. I'll patiently wait for it to release.

18. dspkblympkbl

Posts: 52; Member since: May 23, 2013

Isn't that kind of redundant, if you've a google # you probably have voice installed on your device? Why not give voice the ability to send/receive mms

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