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We appreciate our Google Voice user's patience.  It's now in Hangouts!
google voice calling, sms and voicemail—now available in hangouts

earlier today we announced free voice calls from hangouts, making it easy and affordable to keep in touch with loved ones (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/call-me-maybe-introducing-free-voice.html). but that’s not all :) our update also includes some improvements for our passionate (and patient) google voice users:

1. calling. when you call someone from hangouts, it’ll now come from your google voice number. and when someone calls you, you can answer from hangouts too.

2. sms. you can now send and receive your google voice sms messages from the hangouts app.

3. voicemail. google voice voicemails can now appear in hangouts as part of your ongoing conversations. either read the transcriptions, or play them inline!

these features will be activated a few days after we complete today’s rollout. so grab the new version of hangouts when it’s available (v2.3, http://goo.gl/v7FTL), and install the accompanying dialer to turn on voice calls (http://goo.gl/tRaJpm). ios only supports google voice calling for now, but sms and voicemail support are coming soon.

hangouts remains the future of google voice (http://goo.gl/WVVFN0), so we’re going to keep bringing the most-loved google voice features into the core hangouts experience. (don’t worry: your google voice number won't change.) in the meantime make a free call on us, and enjoy today’s updates!


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Major milestone for Hangouts.  Hopefully it's even easier to start your next video conversation.
Hey friends! I'm so excited to finally share with you what I and many others have been working on tirelessly to release:

Hangouts in an instant: Video chat without downloading a plugin

Starting today, we're rolling out an update that makes it easier than ever to start Hangouts video calls with your family and friends! You'll now be able to launch Hangouts in Chrome without having to download and install a plugin. Just click to start the Hangout, allow Hangouts to use your camera and microphone, and you’ll be good to go!

This update is now available for all Chrome Dev and Canary users, and will be rolling out to all Chrome users over the next few weeks. If you've been meaning to connect face to face with your loved ones near and far, give it a try and get going with just a few clicks!

#googleplusupdates  
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2014-06-27
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Happy to see the nice reception for this update
Hangouts 2.1 for Android: SMS improvements and a homescreen widget

Today we’re launching the newest version of Hangouts for Android, rolling out to the Play store (http://goo.gl/6Sv8V) over the next few days. Highlights include:

- Merged conversations: SMS and Hangout conversations with the same recipient are now combined into a single conversation. You can control whether you want to send a message via Hangouts or SMS with the flip of a switch, and different message types will be easy to tell apart in the conversation. Of course, you can always merge and unmerge conversations if you’d like.

- Simplified contact list: now there’s two main sections in contacts — People you Hangout With, and Phone Contacts — making it simpler to navigate, and easier to use for SMS.

- Homescreen widget: add the Hangouts widget to your homescreen for quick access to your recent conversations.

- Performance improvements: today’s update includes better quality video calls, as well as improved SMS and MMS reliability.

The new version will be available in the Play store (http://goo.gl/6Sv8V) this week, so download or update and let us know what you think!

#hangouts #googleplusupdate 
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If you can't make Coachella, perhaps you can join one of the artists!
This weekend, some of the best bands in the world will take the stage at +Coachella for a weekend full of live music. Even if you’ll be watching from home, we have a surprise to bring you a little closer to the action.

+CHVRCHES, Zedd and other artists will jump into fans’ Google+ Hangouts live from backstage. Check the schedule on the Coachella YouTube channel below for artist meet-and-greets. Start a Hangout with your friends, and when the time comes, it may bring you face-to-face backstage and directly into the Coachella webcast! 

https://www.youtube.com/user/coachella

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When I was a kid, I remember watching Good Morning America and thinking it was so cool for people in small towns to be on TV and say good morning to the US.  I grew up in Kansas and always wondered how they got on the TV.  Thrilled the show found a way to bring it back!
Do YOU want to be on Good Morning America? Join our  #Hangout  right now and record with us your best "Good Morning America!" and you may see it in our jumbotron on GMA Tomorrow! 

Click to join hangout: http://bit.ly/1iqa0yp

#BeOnGMA   #hangoutpost  

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If you use Hangouts on iOS, this is a must update. Terrific improvements across the board. 
Hangouts 2.0 for iOS: more reliable, more fun!

Today we’re launching the newest version of Hangouts for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, ready to download now on iTunes (http://goo.gl/FDOfq). The app has a brand new look and feel, is super easy to navigate, and includes a bunch of performance improvements. You can still make free voice and video calls, of course. Or send a quick photo. But we’re adding a few more features we think you’ll love:

- Stickers: express your mood with fun animated stickers. Think of them as emoji, but even more awesome.

- Video Messages: record and send short videos to everyone in the conversation. Now you can really say what you need to say.

- Location sharing: send a map of your current location with a few simple taps. Great for coordinating the whole gang when you’re ready to hangout IRL.

- Optimized for the iPad: enjoy big, beautiful video calls, and a two-pane conversation view. Perfect for the iPad’s larger screen.

We hope you enjoy the new Hangouts for iOS. As always, your feedback is an important part of making the app better, so give the new version a spin (http://goo.gl/FDOfq) and let us know what you think! 
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One of my favorite auto awesomes, just in time for the holidays!
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I love seeing the expression of a fan who gets to talk with their favorite artist.  Always makes me smile.  Saturday is going to be incredible to watch, and I also love how our team is experimenting here.
As part of #1Dday One Direction are going to be surprising fans around the world by dropping into some of your live Google+ Hangout parties!

We’re calling it #OneBigDropIn and we want you to be involved. We’d like to see you celebrating #1Dday in your own unique style so make sure you stand out! We want to see fancy dress, face paints, amazing backgrounds and you celebrating your own towns and countries in incredibly cool ways. One Direction will be crashing your Google hangout parties throughout #1Dday so you need to be watching the 1D Day live stream from 11am PST; 7pm GMT; 8pm CET; 4am JST on Saturday 23rd November.

If you want to host your own #OneBigDropIn party and be in with a chance of talking to One Direction face-to-face and feature in our live stream, you need to sign up to One Big Drop In. To find out how, get reading over here: goo.gl/QuMbSR

It’s time to start planning your party, because the guys might just be joining you : ) 

#OneBigDropIn  
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Another update to Google+ Hangouts for our iOS users.
Google+ Hangouts for iOS: more options for expressing status

Today's new version of Google+ Hangouts for iOS includes some bug fixes, performance improvements, and three new ways to express your status in conversations:

1. Mood
Show the emoji that best reflects your current mood.

2. Device
Let people know which device you're using (phone, tablet or computer).

3. On a call
Indicate whether you're on a phone or video call.

You can find and adjust all  three options in settings. Give them a try (http://goo.gl/LijhkA), and let us know what you think! #googleplusupdate   #hangouts  
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Happy news for Google Voice users.
Last week +Nikhyl Singhal  announced MMS support is coming to Google Voice. We're happy to announce this week another step towards improving MMS support for Google Voice. T-Mobile has allowed MMS messages from their users to be sent to Google Voice users. Similar to MMS messages from Sprint users, these messages will appear in Gmail, and you can be notified of the message via SMS. We continue to work with other carriers to broaden support for messaging and bring MMS to Hangouts. More good things are coming!
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