Google has been totally behind Hangouts and is determined to push Hangouts as the future. The first major attempt was made when the Google Hangouts app was made the official SMS app for Android KitKat in the Nexus 5. Now recently, Google Hangouts received an update that has made it capable of making voice calls directly through the app. Google has integrated the Google Voice service into the Hangouts app.
This new integration is not expected to effect the existing contacts of the Google Voice users. This new feature in the Google Hangouts will allow the users to make free calls within the United States or Canada.
Calls elsewhere in the world and the international calls made from the US would require additional rates. Full integration can be expected for Google Voice with the Google Hangouts service in the coming weeks. The messages and calls on your Google Voice number will also appear in the Google Hangouts app once the full integration is made functional.
For those of you wondering how to use this new feature in the Hangouts app, we’ll help you. First and foremost, it is essential for you to have the version 2.3 for Google Hangouts. Most users have already received the update, if you’re not one of them, you should wait until the update arrives.
As for those who have received the update, the first thing you’ll have to do is download the Hangouts Dialer App from Google Play.
Once downloaded, all you have to do is to run the Hangouts Dialler app, and it will automatically be integrated within your Google Hangouts app. Open your Hangouts App and you’ll be able to see an additional third tab on the right for the dialler.
You can either make a call directly now by dialling a number using the dialler. Or you can directly go to a Google Hangouts contact and dial a call from there. See the image below.
That’s pretty much it. Considering the effort Google s putting into it, the future of Hangouts indeed looks promising.