This will be a day long remembered. That is, of course, if you’re a Google Voice user who has been waiting on Hangouts integration. For some of us, the wait for an improved and merged Voice experience stretches back years.
Today sees Google announcing that Hangouts and Voice will play nice together and allow for calls via Hangouts on Android, iOS and the web. Well, you’ll need to have the most recent version of Hangouts (2.3+) and the new Hangouts Dialer app installed first. According to Google, users can make free calls to numbers in the U.S. and Canada. International rates are low and vary based on where you’re calling.
We understand that there are some kinks that might need ironed out for this to work properly. We’ve also noticed that Google Voice still wants to hand off calls to the standard dialer on our Android devices. Perhaps an update is in order for that app, too. The sooner we can get rid of one of these apps, the better. I’m all for a Hangouts app for sending and receiving calls, messages, and pictures that also integrates our Voice phone number.