Google adds free Voice Calling to Hangouts on Android, Web and iOS

Google is finally adding free voice calling for Android, web and iOS. The latest update will allow users to make free voice calls thanks to the Google Voice integration into Hangouts.

Google voice call 

Currently, only users in the US and Canada can make free calls to other Hangouts users. Android users will need to manually update the Hangouts app to version 2.3 while iOS and web users can directly start using the feature next time they open their app. The Android app is also getting few features of the Material Design from Android L. A separate dialler app will also be required to download for Android users.

“Hangouts remains the future of Google Voice, so we’re going to keep bringing the most-loved Google Voice features into the core Hangouts experience.”

said Hangouts VP of Engineering Chee Chew   in a Google+ post.

Hangouts users are also getting some Google Voice features. Now calls made from Hangouts will feature a user’s Google Voice phone number as caller ID, and calls to that number automatically are being answered through the Hangouts app. The Hangouts app can now send SMS text messages via your Google Voice number. Voicemails will appear in Hangouts chats as part of the conversation with both transcription and audio playback.

Finally, Google is reducing the rates on international calls from Google Voice. Google said that for now iPhone users will only get support for Google Voice calling and SMS and voicemail support is coming “soon,”. Apple announced at the launch of iPhone 6 that it is adding Wi-Fi calling capabilities to the new phones.

Android users will need to update Google Hangouts and download the Hangouts Dialer app.

via:Google Blog

Author: Sneha Bokil

Sneha Bokil is a tech enthusiast and is currently using OnePlus 3T but she still treasures her Nokia N70 (M). You can follow her on Twitter @snehabokil and on Google+