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. When Google announced their Hangouts application in May at Google I/O 2013, they promised big updates to the core application in the coming months.  One of these promised features is integration of Google Voice – the Google service that gives you a new phone number and cross device syncing of text messages and voice calls. This weekend the Hangouts app on iOS received an update that featured this very integration.  This is unfortunate news since Google decided to push this to their iOS users before they even treated their Android users to the brand new feature. This is not the first time that Google has pushed out nice updates to the iOS applications before their Android.  The GMail app has seen a lot more of the user interface  updates than Android but they eventually leveled out. There is one plus to the update going to iOS first though: the Hangouts application only allows you to make calls with your Google Voice number but does not have the ability to send/receive SMS/MMS or voicemail.

Google Hangouts with Voice

Changlog on the App Store:

  • See which of your friends is using Hangouts, and who can be reached right now
  • Call phone numbers from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (free to the US and Canada)
  • Make and receive calls using your Google Voice number
  • Send and receive animated GIFs that play inline
  • Hangouts will temporarily turn down your music (instead of stopping it) when you receive an incoming message

I, like many of you, get a little irritated when Google’s applications get UI or feature updates before their Android counterparts but Google’s own Vic Gundotra has addressed the issue on his Google Plus account:

“Guys, don’t worry. We have massive investment in Android. I promise you will be happy soon. Don’t get upset because we show some love to Google users who use iOS. There are a lot of them. And they are good people :-)

Source | Vic Gundotra G+

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Justin Duino

Justin Duino

(Founder | Editor-in-Chief) - I am currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno getting my degree in Computer Science.I have been fortunate to work with some brilliant people in the technology industry and plan to continue so for the rest of my life.I am currently using a Nexus 5, a Nexus 7 (2013), and a Nexus 10. Additionally, I am one of the first Glass Explorers with Google Glass and loving it!
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