How to: Setup Google Voice Voicemails in Hangouts

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.

Once you have merged, the following should help you get Hangouts working properly with your voicemails from Google Voice(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…)

Random Google 7-inch “Tablet” Shows Up at FCC With NVIDIA Chip, Tiny LG Battery

While we were busy flying around the country last week, checking out the new goodies from Samsung and Motorola, a reader of ours noticed that a “7-inch tablet” that is “powered by NVIDIA Tegra” and running an LG battery, stopped by the FCC under Google’s ID. The device is odd, to say the least.

The device falls under FCC ID A4R-NX74751, in case you want to go digging through the listing. It features some sort of NVIDIA Tegra chip, global roaming with LTE (bands 2, 4, 5, 7, and 17), and an LG-made battery that only weighs in at 2,480mAh.  (more…)

Google Details Upcoming Updates for Android Wear, 3rd-party Watch Face Support Included

Have a G Watch or Gear Live lying around, or manage to nab shiny new a Moto 360? Well, if you do/did, then you have something to look forward to. David Singleton, Engineering Director of Android Wear, took to Google’s official blog this afternoon to formally announce two major updates coming to the nascent wearable platform before the end of this year. (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…)

Google Play Now Offers A One-Time Free Replacement if You Damage Your Nexus 5 (Updated)

If you like to live dangerously (i.e., without a smartphone cover or insurance), breaking your handset’s screen can sometimes be a terrible disaster. Getting a low-cost replacement can prove challenging depending on the company and carrier, but Google’s apparently sympathetic to the travails of careless owners. According to reports, Nexus 5 owners who ordered their devices from the Play Store are now eligible to receive one replacement free of charge, should their device accrue damage of any kind. (more…)