Google has finally added a free voice calling feature to its Hangouts app. The feature is available to Android, iOS and web users only. To avail the feature users need to update their Hangouts app from their respective store . Google has previously tried to integrate the whole messaging thing together from a single app starting Android 4.4. Now they have come up with yet another new feature.
Presently the feature is limited to US and Canada. For the Android users, the app version to make free calls is 2.3, but users need to update it manually. The new Android app also get its much awaited ‘Material Design’ from the concept of Android L. And speaking of the iOS users, they can directly use the calling feature next time Hangouts is being opened on their device.
Hangouts VP of Engineering Chee Chew said in a Google+ post
“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.”
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.