Google Voice users have long struggled with the lack of MMS support. When an MMS would be sent to a Google Voice number, it would just disappear into the void. This has been a big problem with using the service for normal communication, but now it looks like Google has (finally) fixed it.
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The inexorable death of Google Voice is almost complete with the announcement today that Google is bringing voice calls to the Hangouts app.
The functionality is rolling out today to Android, iOS and on the web. It’s a staggered rollout on Android, so if you don’t have the Hangouts 2.3 update available yet, it should show up in ... Read More »
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, ... Read More »
Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most upgraded apps for the week. I’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to look at what people are actually updating, not focus on which apps have the most installs. As in the ... Read More »
There’s been a lot of noise made over Google’s transition from Talk to Hangouts. Hangouts was supposed to be Google’s all-in-one communication service, but has fallen flat. It greatly improves the Talk experience across the web and mobile platforms, but there’s still a lot of work to do. Today, Google has begun chipping away at ... Read More »
Back when Hangouts was still a rumor, we were under the distinct impression that it would unify off all of Google’s messaging services. The cold hard truth is, Hangouts is merely a replacement for Google Talk. It didn’t do much to alleviate the confusion of Google’s various messaging apps, and has even stripped some well ... Read More »
Google may have just launched their new messaging app Hangouts yesterday, but we’re already hearing what’s next for the service. According to Google Plus’ community manager of Hangouts and Chat, Dori Storbeck, SMS integration will be making its way to Hangouts soon.
While Hangouts did solve some of the problems surrounding Google’s various messaging services, ... Read More »
Since Google sells the Nexus 4 unlocked and without a contract, it makes the perfect smartphone for pre-paid wireless service. We already covered the best pre-paid plans for the Nexus 4, but I wanted to take a moment and explain my personal setup. After carefully reviewing all the options, I decided to ... Read More »
Google and Dish Network were in talks to launch a new wireless service, according to a report from The Wall St. Journal. People familiar with the discussions said the service would “rival the networks of wireless carriers such as AT&T and Verizon.” A source said the talks could amount to nothing, but what would ... Read More »
It is no secret that I despise carrier contracts and locked Android devices. As Amazon puts it, “A locked cell phone benefits only the carrier by keeping a customer using their service. Unlocked phones give consumers more control of plans, pricing, and services and make carriers work for you.”
This year I cancelled my Verizon ... Read More »