Google is finally thinking about bringing the features of Google Voice over to Hangouts! The company has been taking the steps in merging Google Voice text messages and voice mails to the communication app. Well, along with this development, we have another surprise. Voice calling will definitely be included in this Hangouts upgrade.
Google has taken to its official blog to announce that Hangouts users will be able to make voice calls via the app on Android, iOS and PC. Users also get free calls to numbers in America and Canada. Although international calls aren’t free, the rates are really low which is better than nothing. Rates have been cut in half and if you don’t actually have a Google Voice number, you still will be able to make calls to mobile phones and landlines.
If you’re a Google Voice user, you will be able to use your user Voice number and make calls, send texts and get voicemails. Google is focusing on giving Voice users primary functions before it dives into the nicer features. Got to create the foundation before you build the house basically.
However, for the new features to be available, you must download the latest version of Hangouts which is version 2.3. The new APK has been made available but remeber, you’ll need a new Hangouts Dialer to use the features!
Source: Android Authority