Google’s new Hangouts app has been released with the Nexus 5 smartphone, but hasn’t been available on the Play Store yet. This hasn’t stopped people from ripping it out of the Nexus 5 ROM and installing it on their devices. The new app grants the ability to use both Hangouts and SMS/MMS through one app, an integrated solution that works quite well.
Though Hangouts now integrates SMS support, people still want one more thing: Google Voice integration. The iOS app received partial integration for Google Voice, allowing it to make phone calls and phone calls only using that number. Text messages aren’t possible. However, Android users don’t even get that. Why is that?
We’re not sure how legitimate this explanation is, but it’s the only thing we have. Luckily, this doesn’t mean that Voice integration isn’t coming at all. Singhal says that the integration should be done by early next year, but we don’t know when it’ll be released. So for those of you who actively use Google Voice, you don’t have too much longer to wait.