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Hangouts on iOS Gets Google Voice and Call Integration Before Android

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Not that I wanted to set you off on your weekend way with irritating news, but yes, the iOS Google Hangouts app just received an update that allows it to make and receive phone calls. The update doesn’t incorporate SMS or MMS or voicemail, but does allow you to place calls using your Google Voice number (should you have one) and receive them via Hangouts. We still don’t have this type of integration yet on Android, which is incredibly weird to say since again, this is from the company that controls Android

I just updated Hangouts on my iPod Touch to test it and really like how it works. It’s incredibly simple to use, especially if you already have a Google Voice number attached to one of your Google accounts. I didn’t even have to turn the service on in Settings, though I did check to see how it worked (pictured top right). Once I realized it was on and ready, I fired up a phone call from Gmail to my Google Voice number and it rang right through. I then also placed a call using the new phone dialer icon (pictured top left).

Here is the changelog:

  • See which of your friends is using Hangouts, and who can be reached right now
  • Call phone numbers from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (free to the US and Canada)
  • Make and receive calls using your Google Voice number
  • Send and receive animated GIFs that play inline
  • Hangouts will temporarily turn down your music (instead of stopping it) when you receive an incoming message

I’d imagine if this is ready for iOS that we should see it very soon on Android. But then again, maybe Google is waiting to push out Kit Kat before hand? Frustrating.

Update:  Not that you didn’t expect this functionality to come to Android too, but Google’s Vic Gundotra did have this to say on Google+, shortly after hearing it from the Android faithful:

Guys, don’t worry. We have massive investment in Android. I promise you will be happy soon. Don’t get upset because we show some love to Google users who use iOS. There are a lot of them. And they are good people 🙂

I’d still imagine we may not see it until Kit Kat is unveiled. Hopefully, that’s only a few days or a week away.

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  • huffimus_prime

    Just a thought, but maybe the Android version hasn’t updated because it’s also getting SMS/MMS functionality and Google needs KitKat in order to make that work properly.

  • BobDoyal

    I just let out a stream of profanity. My wife ran in and asked me what was wrong, between profane words I got out “Apple got Google Voice in hangouts before Android”. She rolled her eyes and walked away…how can she not understand how serious this is.


    I just let out a stream of profanity. My raid group asked me what was wrong, between profane words I got out “Apple got Google Voice in hangouts before Android”. They rolled her eyes and muted me on TeamSpeak…how can they not understand how serious this is.

  • Abdul Al-Basith

    This almost made me cry! #AndroidFanBoy

  • Mordecaidrake

    Makes you wonder were Googles loyalties really are…

    • Galen

      I would guess they reside with continuing to make billions of dollars in order to, among other things, pump out the best and most popular mobile operating system on the planet. Oh yea, said operating system is also given away for free.

  • Hangouts on iOS is a very good initiative. They are doing a good job indeed. There are lot of things in the UI of the hangout can be made good. Hagouts are important what u say http://www.mobilejury.com/

  • Musadiqkhan
  • Me

    My initial reaction…..

  • Guest

    We like to take a moment of silence to remember those who took their own lives in the wake of hangouts being launched on iOs first. If you are really bothered by this and want to take your own life, please call the national suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

    thank you.

  • irongodkiller

    The iPhone is the true nexus omg

    • WP8_Android_iOS

      not really, iphone offer much more than a nexus. it offers good looks, stable UI, apps by Android / Google comes to IOS first.

  • Albert Leonard

    It’s fine. The IOS version is probably so basic that it was finished much quicker. The android version, like with everything else will have alot more in it

  • AbbyZFresh

    Beware phone carriers, you are now operating on borrowed time. Hangouts with Voice integration will be the end for you all.

    • WP8_Android_iOS

      really, Google is not God, Google offers services which wont be usable without the carriers

      • LazyIzy

        I can use Google Voice SMS over wifi. As well as Google Voice calling (on my PC) over wifi. Had they just brought the stupid GVoice integration with Hangouts over to Android, the carriers would be in trouble.

  • sk3litor

    Google like a good drug dealer. Their getting ios users hooked on all their services then BAM take them away and ios sheep (I mean people) migrate over to Android. Brilliant! !!

  • donkeykong85

    downloaded on my ipad. kinda cool i guess. nothing i would ever use as i get unlimited minutes anyway. the key is to get my iphone friends to download so that i can use it like facetime with them. currently skype/hangout is way above their tech level.

  • At least we know it will come!

  • What’s in a name ?

    I personally think IPhone is a dying animal. I am unsure whether now that the Apple visionary is gone, if Apple is going to be able to maintain its creativity and innovation. Apple IPhone to me now is like Windows ME, lacking identity, looking and jumping around, borrowing and buying ides to stay afloat. Even apple’s attempt to buy out HopStop app and do immediately discontinue any Android and Windows support shows desperation and competitiveness over creativity. Will the IPhone survive ever-growing competition from the open end Android market ? Perhaps, but I foresee some painful years ahead. Literally at this point IMO the only thing that sets Apple apart from most competitors is the Carl Zeis lens they use that make their pictures stand out. Otherwise I think IOS is quickly declining in its feature-less unremarkable non-competitive state. Will it rebound ? I think its impossible to predict at this point now that Mr. Jobs is no longer a factor. I think Apple’s attempts to buy out competition is a sign of weakness that won’t be able to compete with a growing open market competition of Android.

    • zurginator

      Carl Zeiss is Nokia. Apple’s cameras are 100% Sony.

      Jobs was good at marketing Apple, but I don’t think his loss is what killed them. Plus, they’ve still got Jony Ives & team, who like it or not are EXCELLENT at industrial design.

    • WP8_Android_iOS

      really, name one Android Handset that has sold 9 million in 3 days

  • IncCo

    Why does google hate android ?

    • AbbyZFresh

      They don’t. Google has two seperate teams working on the iOS version of Hangouts and the Android version.

      Since iOS is easier to develop apps for, it shouldn’t be surprising at all the iOS team would finish first and the Hangouts app would get updated before Android. Also, the Android Hangouts app is being integrated at OS level with more features compared to iOS. That takes more time to do.

      • IncCo

        Still doesnt explain why they wouldnt release it at the same time. No, instead they favour their competitior.

        • niuguy

          I don’t think you understand Google’s business model.

  • MacNificent

    I’ve been able to do this on my computer for a while now

  • master94

    Why is anyone surprised? Google has in the past favored ios over Android in features. In the end we get it too. So no need to be angry after all we got Google voice in our dialer already, ios doesnt

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Works awesome on my ipad2. Can’t wait for it on My N4 and N7

  • Chris

    chill guys. hangouts will be tightly integrated in kit kat. no need for a silly separate app.

  • Chris

    BREAKING: local and state police are reporting finding the bodies of many android fans. It has been reported that these android fans have committed suicide in wake of the hangouts being launched on iOs first. More information at 11pm

  • Brady KEITH

    Feels clunky. (5s)

  • Mon

    This could have been seen coming, since the teams are seperatend. All this means is that hangouts for Android is going to receve a massive update when kit Kat drops

  • Ryan Stewart

    Still no SMS/MMS. Its a solid MEH from me. Its cool that it has a Google Voice option but its not really something new. Android phones have been able to call from Google Voice for ages (100% of my calls go through it).

    What this is getting is a way to draw iPhone users into Google Voice, which is a good thing for me because more users hopefully means Google will finally start putting effort into Voice again.

    • WP8_Android_iOS

      only in the US may be…..

      US alone doesnt count

      Facetime imessage works all over the world

      • Ryan Stewart

        So you cant do a video hangout from outside the US. Where are you? Ive done the google equivalent of “facetime imessage” all over the world. Video chat, voice chat and regular chat.

        This is about making your phone calls through Google Voice, Apple hasnt implemented anything even close to that yet.

  • C-Law

    I still don’t know what Google voice is. I’ve had android since the og droid days so shame on me. How do I get a Google voice number and what does it do? I tried to set it up once a few years ago and got lost bc it seemed like there was some sort of issue because I’m on Verizon. Is there a simple how to guide somewhere?

    • julian

      Let me Google that for you.

  • WP8_Android_iOS

    i hate Google for treating its own OS users as second class citizens

  • yummy

    I never really thought aboit
    owning an ios device. This makes
    me think about it zero percent more.

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  • Stacey

    What would be ass backwards is if Google required Android 4.4 to get the upgrade and MMS integration into Hangouts. -_-

    • Tim242

      You can already send pics in Hangouts…

      • JolleyMan

        To another Hangout user, yes, but not to a phone number, not that I can see.

    • zurginator

      Based on leaks, I wouldn’t be surprised if SMS/MMS integration is 4.4 only – they seem to be working on some underlying things to get it working.

  • BrothaDave

    I’d like to see them merge on Android too, might as well since Voice hasn’t been updated with many new features in the past year and Hangouts have functionally seemed to eclipse Voice with the last update. Still not being able to send MMS messages through Voice is crazy to me but with this news it makes sense. Hopefully they merge it on Android soon too

  • joejoe5709

    Jeebus. Calm down guys. It’s a difference of maybe a couple weeks. I think we’ll be fine.