MMS Now a Part of Google Voice…Hangouts…Sort Of

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…)

Google Brings Free Voice Calls to Hangouts on Android, New Hangouts Dialer App

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…)

Did the Merging of Google Voice and Hangouts on Android Just Begin?

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…)

Amazon Prime Instant Video FINALLY Comes to Android After All These Years

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…)

Chrome Stable for Android Gets Its Material Design Update

Google Chrome stable for Android received an update to build 37.0.2062.117, which will forever be known as the app’s initial Material Design update. This is a similar update to the version released to Chrome Beta back in July

With Material Design helping its looks, you will see new animations while opening the menu or tapping in the Google Search box on a new tab page. You will see a lot more white, new Incognito page,  and more. Everything has been simplified in appearance, yet still has the full Chrome feature list.  (more…)

Android Wear Receiving Update This Week, Several This Year – Will Soon Pair With Bluetooth Headsets, Support GPS

Two members of the Android team – engineering director David Singleton and VP of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer – sat down with CNET this week for a quick Q&A about the current and future status of Android Wear, the company’s wearables platform, likely because we are about to see a handful of new devices running it this week at IFA. In the chat, both Singleton and Lockheimer talk updates that are direct from Google, new use cases, and most importantly, new features that we will see very soon.  (more…)