Nov 01 AT 2:54 PM Dima Aryeh 32 Comments

Google Hangouts for Android won’t get Voice integration until next year


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?

Google employee Nikhyl Singhal explains that there are third party applications on Android that make illegal use of Google Voice services, violating the Terms of Use. These apps actually present a threat to your security, so integrating Google Voice into Hangouts would be unsafe. The developers of such apps have been given a warning that they must stop using Voice services against the ToS in their apps by May 15, 2014.

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.

Via: Phandroid

Source: +Nikhyl Singhal

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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