Hangouts iOS app gets VoIP voice calls via Google Voice

October 20, 2013

Hangouts for iOS

Google’s Hangouts iOS app has been updated to offer VoIP voice calls via Google Voice, a feature that’s not available on the Android Hangouts app yet.

The iOS Hangouts update brings voice call support to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. On top of that, calls made to the U.S. and Canada are free of charge, with users being able to make and receive calls by using their Google Voice number. The same Google Voice rates apply for international calls, but that requires Google Voice credit.

The Verge notes that unlike using the Google Voice app, Hangouts uses data not voice minutes, according to what a Google representative had to say:

“If I type in a number, it sends data to Google and then Google actually calls the phone number,” said Google in a statement. “This is different from what Google Voice does today (it actually dials a random number). So you’re using data, not minutes from your carrier.

Naturally, we expect the same feature to be available on Google’s Android Hangouts app, maybe as soon as Android 4.4 KitKat is rolled out.

Recent rumors have suggested that Hangouts will soon receive SMS/MMS functionality, and we already know that KitKat will require users to select a default SMS application. Considering that Google has already updated the iOS app with voice calls support, it would make sense to see the feature come to Android users in a future update.

Commenting on the iOS update of the Hangouts application, Vic Gundotra hinted that Hangouts for Android will also be updated to make users happy:

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 :-)

We’ll be back with more news about Google’s Hangouts-related plans in the near future.

Comments

  • riverdalien

    dont be a crybaby, android user. this is all part of google’s plan.

  • asdf

    I know you can make calls to Canada, but can you make calls from Canada? As in is this service available in Canada as well? Im asking because Google voice wasnt available for Canada before.

    • Muddy_Water

      Yes it works, I just called my home from my ipad

  • dino213aa

    Wtf?! I don’t buy all Nexus products just to have iOS users get updated apps first. That is bs

    • Muddy_Water

      iOS user’s are just beta testers for us Android user’s.

      • David Kinder

        Except everything google puts out is a beta. Heck, google maps even reminded me again yesterday that it is a beta program. Im willing to take the risk, thats why i bought an android phone in the first place.

    • Relaxasaurus

      The Android Hangouts app will be announced this week, don’t get all pissy.

      I imagine they wanted some features to be same on the iOS version. Google has no control on when Apple approves their apps so they probably just submitted early in hopes its release would line up with Android’s.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Looks like the IPhone 5S5C is the actual Nexus 5. lol

  • GandangaTororo

    Which countries are getting this “NEW” service? All these apps are backward steps – will stick to Google Talk. Not interested in something that works in a browser; or does it work as an independent app?

    • iantrich

      It is all housed within the one app, Hangouts. PHONE/SMS/MMS/IM/VIDEO CALLS

  • MadCowOnAStick

    iOS users are da guinea pigs :3

  • azharm

    Finally what Google wants confusing voip providers, since it can make calls to US and Canada but not from US and Canada if i am not wrong. More at

  • azharm

    Google’s new plan for US and Canda free voip calling, how it will effect voip providers? please share your views

  • Abel Pyram

    Will this work with a home PBX, such as Ozeki Phone System Xe?

  • azharm

    I think it’s time to check out ios apps

  • John

    This is bullshit, I am fine waiting a couple weeks but it is December already and still no VOIP for Android Voice app. WTF Google?

    • maa89

      It’s May 2014, Google has ended support for third-party apps like Spare Phone/Talkatone/Groove IP, and yet still no sign on Voice/Hangouts integration.