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Google Voice could migrate to G+ Hangouts

Some debug code in Google Hangouts revealed that the tech giant might finally kill off Google Voice and integrate similar capabilities into the G+ Hangouts app. 
 
According to Droid Life, a reddit user recently discovered a pop-up that asked if they wanted to migrate Google Voice to Hangouts while debugging their phone. 
 
As of right now, the pop-up offers two choices of "Not now" and "Turn it on!", but neither are working yet. This could mean that the feature was added in an update and just isn't live yet, but there are currently no official announcements from Google. 


Screenshot of the pop-up [SOURCE: Droid Life]

Rumors surrounding Google's potential plan to terminate Google Voice in favor of G+ Hangouts integrations started floating around in March. The idea is to integrate the service into both the iOS and Android apps, allowing users to make voice calls the same way they would with the Web version.

At the time, reports said users will still be able to keep their current Google Voice their own numbers.  

If you're interested in debugging in Hangouts to see for yourself, you'll have to root your phone and then go here to sideload an .apk. 

Source: Droid Life



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Goog Voice, the app - Google Voice, the service
By cacarr on 7/2/2014 3:24:35 PM , Rating: 2
I get tired of headlines that fail to make the distinction.




By 8steve8 on 7/2/2014 4:31:26 PM , Rating: 2
agreed.. this news simply suggests they are merging the google voice capabilities/service into their google hangouts app.. which is great news for google voice users like myself.

I hope it happens soon, including viop calling like ios users enjoy.


By Solandri on 7/3/2014 5:00:56 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I hope it happens soon, including viop calling like ios users enjoy.

Funny thing is Hangouts already has Internet video call capability. You have the cellular carriers and their resistance to any app which provides a competing service on "their" platform to thank for that.


By 8steve8 on 7/6/2014 11:00:02 AM , Rating: 2
If it was all about the carriers, then why does the iOS version of hangouts do gvoice voip perfectly for a year now?


It's a trend
By BRB29 on 7/3/2014 8:26:28 AM , Rating: 2
It should be obvious now that Google is integrating everything into one product suite where you access everything just by logging into your email.

Just look at how everything had transformed over the years. Google says Glass is something they're not sure yet but it's obvious where Glass is headed. By the time Glass is mainstream, all their products and services will be integrated into one tight seamless package. Glass will leverage it.

So why Glass? because every internet marketing company is battling for your eyeballs. Glass practically owns your eyeballs.

That is all.




RE: It's a trend
By Reclaimer77 on 7/3/2014 9:49:03 AM , Rating: 2
Yes how terrible. Because I really want a separate account and password for Gmail, Hangouts, Google+, Youtube, Google Drive, Google Docs, etc etc.

I mean who doesn't love juggling 20+ separate accounts, am I right?


RE: It's a trend
By euclidean on 7/3/2014 1:48:18 PM , Rating: 2
I wish I could rate this up more...

I hate keeping track of all of these accounts to access stuff on the web, apps on the phone, etc. It's one of the reasons I both love and 'deal' with Google...I can get a lot of those services in other products (Facebook, AIM, Dropbox, Outlook, etc.), but then having to separately manage all of those accounts?

May not work for others, but for me it's awesome :D


RE: It's a trend
By Solandri on 7/3/2014 4:55:09 PM , Rating: 2
Problem is this isn't the best way for this to be happening. The way Google is grouping these services, if you like GMail but hate Hangouts, you're stuck with Hangouts.

The way it should be happening is one universal login service (both G+ and Facebook are attempting to do this). You login to that login service, and it verifies your account/identity to other services.

Then you have all sorts of different companies providing different products using that universal login. Mix and match the ones you like. So if you prefer Handcent over Hangouts, Dropbox over Drive, GMail over Outlook, you could use them all with the same login. No need for an all-or-nothing deal from each company like we're currently getting from Google, Apple, Facebook, etc.


Am I the only one
By FITCamaro on 7/3/2014 7:47:39 AM , Rating: 3
Who hates Hangouts and preferred Google Talk? I still use it on Windows. On my work Mac I can't but wish I could.




RE: Am I the only one
By Reclaimer77 on 7/3/2014 8:17:44 AM , Rating: 2
Yup. Hangouts is awesome.


Old news Tiffany
By sprockkets on 7/2/2014 3:12:10 PM , Rating: 2
This was found out 2 months ago. This is NOT NEWS.

Nothing to see here, move along.




Just Do It Already
By DtTall on 7/2/2014 4:35:32 PM , Rating: 2
The GV app has been hamstrung for years and yet I've continued to use it; no multimedia texts or group texts for me. If they're going to integrate it into Hangouts, just do it. Maybe I'll finally have functionality of the early 2000's. Then again, that may be too optimistic.

As an aside, I also hate that they default to Hangouts for texting and say that the whole thing is Hangouts, but they only archive non-text messages for search in the Gmail archive.

Still, despite the annoyances, I feel it's better than paying huge monthly fees just to have texts and voicemails archived, searchable, and transcribed.




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