Google Says MMS for Google Voice On the Way
Google's Nikhyl Singhal took to Google+ recently to explain some changes headed to Google Voice. First, Google is working to add support for Google Voice phone numbers to its Hangouts application and service. Hangouts for Android devices recently gained the ability to send messages via SMS, but they can only be sent via the owner's actual, carrier-assigned phone number and not their Google Voice number. Google hopes to have this resolved by early 2014. Further, Google is working to add support for picture/video messages to Google Voice, something it is not capable of doing today. The company also hopes to add international numbers to Google Voice. It said that some of these changes take time, as they require Google to work with wireless network operators to make them possible. Last, Google is going to cut support for third-party Google Voice apps. Google says such apps are violating its terms of service and pose a security risk. These apps have until May 15, 2014 to transition away from Google Voice.
Google Voice Gains New Lease On Life with Massive Overhaul
Google today introduced a wholly new version of Google Voice for Android, iOS, and the web. The calling, voicemail, and messaging platform has been overhauled from the ground up with a new design, new features, and a fresh commitment from Google to keep the service updated.
Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22
Google today outlined a number of changes to its various messaging services, including a dramatic shift for Hangouts. Starting May 22, Google Hangouts will no longer support SMS for text messaging between phones.
Google's Voice Assistant Now Works with Some Chat Apps
Google today extended the voice capabilities of its Google Search app by allowing it to interact with third-party messaging apps. People can now issue commands such as "Ok Google, send a WhatsApp message" to initiate and dictate messages in a handful of popular messaging apps.
Google Threads Voice Commands Deeper Into Google Maps
People can now use their voice to take full command of Google Maps when in the car. Google updated Maps today and added more support for "Ok, Google"-based voice commands.
Google Hits Refresh Button on Hangouts for Android
Google today pushed out a significant update to its Hangouts messaging application for Android devices that puts it inline with the iOS app. Google overhauled Hangouts' visual appearance with material design, and improved how the app feels thanks to more fluid transitions, and better touch response.