Google Hangouts is Currently Down. (Updated)

Again, it’s not you, it’s Google.

Hangouts is currently down, though the apps status dashboard doesn’t reflect the situation.

Update 9:36AM:  Google has updated their dashboard to show that there is a service interruption. They are “investigating reports of an issue with Google+ Hangouts” and “will provide more information shortly.” (more…)

How to: Use Google Voice SMS with Hangouts

When Google finally introduced SMS into Hangouts, an immediate sadness overcame the Google Voice users in the building, as the apps aren’t officially ready to work together. In fact, Google has said that full Google Voice integration is potentially months off and going to take time, because there are some security concerns that need to be addressed first. At the time of SMS launch into Hangouts, only Sprint SMS and Google Voice integration was officially compatible, though we’re pretty sure that T-Mobile customers can now join in on the fun.

What if I told you that wasn’t 100% true and that any Google Voice user can at least send and receive SMS through Hangouts? Whether you answer that or not, I’m here to tell you that you can. Here is how it works.  (more…)

An Update on Hangouts and Google Voice Integration, It’s Going to Take Some Time

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After Google announced this week that Hangouts for Android would finally have SMS support, the immediate two reactions were, “What about MMS?” and “What about Google Voice?” We know now that MMS support is coming as well, but the move to integrate Google Voice appears to be a bit trickier. In a post to G+, Nikhyl Singhal (Google’s product manager of Hangouts) talked about a hurdle that needs to be dealt with before they can securely merge Voice with Hangouts on Android. In other words, it’s going to take more time.  (more…)

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(more…)

Google Voice Receives Update on Android…Support for Short Codes and Bug Fixes

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Google Voice, an app we are expecting to see the death of at any minute as Google merges its functionality into Hangouts, received an update today. It’s minor. Like, super minor. The changelog has already been updated, showing that the app now adds warnings when someone attempts to send text messages to 911. It also supports new short codes and fixes bugs. That’s it.  (more…)

Sliding Messaging Updated to Incorporate Google Voice Support

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Our favorite messaging application, Sliding Messaging, received a very important update this week, beginning its complete support and integration of Google Voice. In the update, texts can now be sent directly through the app from your Google Voice number. The developer is currently working on being able to receive Voice texts through the app, but it’s not quite there yet.  (more…)