This morning’s Hangouts update on Android finally began the process of merging Hangouts with Google Voice, something Voice users have been waiting well over a year for. We know that not everyone has seen the prompt to initiate the merge process, but for those who have (and those who will soon), we wanted to make sure you got everything setup correctly after the fact. Since you likely still have Google Voice installed (you may not be able to uninstall it all yet), there are a couple of boxes here and there that need to be checked or unchecked to get this whole situation in order.
Now that Google Voice and Hangouts have merged, we are starting to dive in and see how things have changed and if new features have been added. The first thing we tested was sending a text through Hangouts using our Google Voice number. After that went through just fine, it was time to see how MMS messages work. For those new, Google Voice has never really built-in MMS (multimedia messages) capabilities, outside of a carrier partnership here or there that allowed them to arrive as emails. In today’s update, though, MMS is fully working, though it is still a bit different than a normal MMS message. (more…)
Last night, we were prompted to merge Google Voice with Hangouts, which we assumed meant that the day of Hangouts becoming the app we always wanted, was here. Google confirmed as much this morning, announcing that free voice calls are now a part of Hangouts on Android, the web, and iOS. They also introduced a new dialer application for Hangouts that should aid in the call making process.
Hangouts calls are free when you call other Hangouts users and when you call to the US or Canada. International rates are also low, just like they have been in Google Voice.
The update for Hangouts will start arriving today (.apk below). The new Hangouts Dialer is already available for download through Google Play, linked below. (more…)
Tough to tell exactly what’s going on at this specific moment in time, but a number of our readers (me included), are seeing a “Migrate Google Voice to Hangouts” message in Hangouts on Android. The box is a familiar prompt that was discovered as a debugging option a couple of months back, but at the time, it didn’t work. Tonight, it appears to be semi-working. (more…)
I know that today is Apple’s big day, but in even bigger news (at least to Android fans), Amazon has released a Prime Instant Video client to the world’s biggest smartphone platform. Check the calendar – not April 1, right? It’s hard to believe. For years, Amazon has kept Prime video from Android users outside of their own Kindle lineup. Who knows the reason, but that reason has come to pass. (more…)
Strolling through the endless lists on Google Play, we found a new puzzler title that we would like to share, titled CubicTour. In the game, which is split up into sections of multiple cubes, you twist and spin different pieces, matching them with the preview piece on the top of the display. If you go past the preview piece without having the correct sequence, you crash and burn.
At first the game is extremely easy, but as the levels go deeper, it becomes insanely tricky to figure out the right sequence of twists and spins you must use to get the pieces to align properly. (more…)
Admit it, you have spotted a cool product in a tweet from the endless stream you scroll through every day, and thought to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a ‘Buy’ button?” Well, Twitter’s got your back. In yet another attempt to monetize its growing audience, the social media mogul is experimenting with embedded buttons that let you purchase goods straight from the source. (more…)
Chris Lacy, the developer behind apps such as Link Bubble and Action Launcher, released a new application called HomeTube to Google Play this morning. The app is essentially a launcher for children, where parents can program “safe” categories for kids to browse through on YouTube.
When first downloaded, a preselected assortment of categories are available (Spider Man cartoons, Superman flying, The Wiggles song), but for the price of $0.99, the parent can select their own categories to choose for the child. (more…)