Google updates Hangouts, adds Google Voice calling… but only for iOS
Google has updated Hangouts adding Google Voice calling integration and animated GIF support. The logic suggests Google has rolled out the update for Android first, but strangely, this update has reached the iOS devices. The newly added voice calling support will enable iPhone and iPad users to use Hangouts and make calls even if they are not connected to a GSM network. The service works on cellular networks or Wi-Fi, even if there is no SIM card inserted.
Even if you use Voice calling on a cellular network, you won’t use carrier voice minutes. That means you will be able to make free calls in US and Canada, while all international calls will be at super low rates. The Google Voice integration means that an outgoing call carried by Hangouts will be shown as made by your own Hangouts voice number. If you receive a free call from a user having an iOS device you will be able to answer it using the same service.
Alongside the voice calling, iOS devices will turn down the music as opposed to stop it. Therefore, all iOS users will see the music slip into the background. Another new addition to Hangouts for iOS is the GIF animation support. From now on, iOS device will be able to send and receive animated GIFs.
Whilst we expected any significant updates coming from Google to reach the Android users first, Google surprised us all, rolling out an update for iOS, before the other OS. That means Android users need to wait a more to get the new Hangouts features. Anyway, we suggest the update is likely to come alongside Android Kit Kat. If you have already downloaded the new update for iOS, please feel free to share your experience with us.
Source: Kate Cushing (Google+)