Google Voice Will Eventually Merge With Hangouts

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This post was published 9 years, 11 months ago. Due to the rapidly evolving world of technology, some material it contains may no longer be applicable.

Today a user named dude2k5 on Reddit posted about finding a Google Voice to Hangouts migration tool in the debugging options of the Hangouts app. It doesn’t do anything yet but it does confirm that Google definitely has this feature on the cards as many of us had hoped and expected.

This was actually first discovered a few months ago and isn’t entirely new so don’t assume this is an indicator of an imminent launch. For all we know at this stage this could be months away! Equally, it could launch tomorrow! You never really know with Google, they’ll probably just realise it suddenly and surprise us all but it is possible they may choose to launch this alongside Android L in the autumn.

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We think the merging of these two apps is long overdue and so we are very pleased to see this. If you remember at one point Google had four messaging apps (Google+ Messenger, Messaging (SMS), Hangouts and Google Voice). This was complete madness! They’ve gradually worked down to just two so it makes perfect sense they’d finish the job and continue the trend of rolling everything into the Hangouts app.

Now, you may be wondering how he accessed the debugging menu in the first place as it is not normally visible. He actually used an app called “DebugAllTheThings” which shows the debugging menu in Google apps. If you are interested you can find it over on XDA here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/app-debugallthethings-t2801515

dude2k5 also posted the following video showing the migration prompt in Hangouts running on his HTC One with Android 4.4.3.

So, are you excited for this change? Do you think this is the right move? Do you even use Google Voice anyway? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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