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An update on Google Voice

We are rolling out a new version of the Google+ Hangouts app (goo.gl/XkHn03) for Android, which includes support for SMS and MMS messages. While this is a great step forward, we still have a lot of work to do, specifically around Google Voice: 

- Unfortunately, today’s update does not work with Google Voice numbers unless you’ve enabled Google Voice on your Sprint phone. But rest assured, we’re working to support SMS messages for all Google Voice phone numbers by early next year. And don’t worry, your Voice number will go unchanged. 

- We hear you loud and clear: you want Google Voice phone numbers outside the US and to support MMS. We are listening and working hard to make this happen, but we need to work with carriers and this can take some time. 

- Finally, we want to make Google Voice as secure as possible. There are a few third-party applications that provide calling and SMS services by making unauthorized use of Google Voice. These apps violate our Terms of Service and pose a threat to your security, so we’re notifying these app developers that they must stop making unauthorized use of Google Voice to run their services and transition users by May 15, 2014.  

We know that communicating with your friends and family should be easy and that you want one app that can do it all. We’re working hard to deliver that experience for everyone.  It will take some time before Google Voice is fully integrated into Hangouts, and we appreciate your patience along the way.
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Woot!  "which includes support for SMS and MMS messages."
 
thanks for the hard work, I love where it's going
 
Lol! It already out for iOS no? I'm a upset little baby here. But, I hey no hurries. 
 
+Nikhyl Singhal Thank you for the update. Will today's updates in terms of SMS/MMS messages on hangouts also appear on the desktop? Meaning, will I be able to SMS from my desktop?
 
If GrooveIP is one of the violators it would be great to know as some of us depend on it. The sooner we know the better we can find other solutions.
 
Thanks for the info. Looking forward to this in the New Year. Any news about when Android users can dial like on iOS?
 
At least we know that it's being worked on.  That's comforting, at least.
 
Thanks for the update!
 
How about Google voice for Canada?
 
I understand ios and android hangout are worked by different teams. But it boggles my mind that their milestones are different and ios hangout is superior than android. 
 
Thanks for the update. If Talkatone and others will lose GV integration then I sure hope at least voice calling is included soon. Even if full Hangouts integration will take some time I don't understand why ios can get calling and not Android.
 
+LeGrand Johnson Even if GrooveIP is in violation, the cutoff date of May 15, 2014 should hopefully be enough time for the Hangouts app to incorporate many of the requested features.
 
Even if it means upping minutes through my carrier, I can't be without voice calling and I'd love to weigh the options with as much lead time as possible.
 
Ouch. Apple is all about killing competition with TOS violations...now Google. Great.
 
+Nikhyl Singhal Hopefully that support will bring MMS unworn to SMS support. The lack of MMS support by Voice has been a huge disappointment to many users.
 
Thank you for the update, and the best of luck for your talks with international carriers and regulators as you try to bring google voice to the non us world, which i am really looking forward to! cheers
 
So does this means an SMS sent to my google voice # wont be forwarded to my device ?
 
+Kashif Khan - I assume the Google Voice app will continue to handle that until Hangouts updates with the functionality.
 
+Wayne May Thanks! I knew everything was too good today. Thanks for the update and promise of Google Voice MMS, +Nikhyl Singhal! Now back to the waiting game as it had always been. :)
 
Google voice is my primary use for a phone, it is appalling and sad how it has been ignored and not well implemented.
 
Disappointed since I thought this hangout update would finally take care of everything but thanks for the update. It's good to FINALLY hear something about Google Voice. Googles forgotten son. 
 
+Nikhyl Singhal I ported my number and paid the fee because I thought this feature would be coming soon. Its been over a year now that I haven't been able to receive proper SMS and MMS. If I port out my number back to my carrier, will I have to pay again to port it back in once this Google Voice is integrated with Hangouts? I would hope not. 
 
+Sam Rothermel - yes, but remember that the Voice integration with Hangouts has already happened, just not on Android. When I make a phone call with the Hangouts Chrome app, for example, it places it from my GV number.
 
Why does the iOS version of hangouts allow voice calling but not the android version? Come on Google, stop shafting us...
 
Does this mean the end of Google Voice on ObiHai devices?
 
Please address why Hangouts for iOS has VoIP capabilities. 
 
+Rafael Vargas I assumed and did the exact same thing. I had faith in Google to be able to address this issue quickly. It's something so trivial that we've come to expect from any messaging system...
 
And I trust Hangouts will have VoIP/GV functionality prior to you killing off GrooVe IP and the like. If not, some of us will be quite irritated. 
 
Thanks for the update on the plans of google voice for I was thinking If my google voice number work with the integrated SMS in hangouts.
 
I understand you might run into technical issues but this should already be resolved. If I can make a call from Hangouts on my iPad, then I should be able to do the same from my Nexus and be able to send and receive MMS. I just don't get it. 
 
It's such a relief to hear you are working on this. I feared Google Voice was getting ignored.  
 
+Nikhyl Singhal could you please clarify something for me...

The SMS integration into Hangouts -- are we talking Google Voice, Carrier or both? Half of what I read sounds like it's carrier, other half makes it sound like it's Google Voice...

Also would love to see the ability to send/receive SMSs through Hangouts on non-phone devices. I'd love to be able to send/receive SMSs from the desktop without having to interrupt work flow too much by having to stop and mess around with another device. 
 
+Jason Gruber It's carrier. This, to me, is a sign that the tablet version of Hangouts won't be able to send texts. If this is wrong, someone please correct me. But I have yet to see anything that says otherwise. If that's the case, then I won't be getting my family away from iMessage anytime soon...
 
+Nikhyl Singhal so does that mean that those of us using GV on Sprint will be able to receive MMS if we set hangouts as our default messaging app?
 
+Thomas Aschemann I'm hoping when a text comes into the phone it'll automatically forward it on to the rest of my Hangouts devices (tablet, desktop, etc) and when I send a message with the SMS flag it gets routed to the phone and sent out via its connection...
 
I read this post and then this article (http://androidcommunity.com/google-voice-and-hangtous-cant-exchange-sms-messages-20131031/) and it painted two different pictures of the immediate future for Google Voice. Can someone make it clearer for me?

The articles statement of "If you have a Voice number, it may be useless for SMS until Google can get things back on track." scares me. My Google Voice number is the ONLY number I use for SMS. One single person uses MMS with me on my StraightTalk number, but I don't want to be without SMS for an unknown number of months. Would I still be able to use the regular Google Voice app for GVoice SMS?
 
+Thomas Aschemann iPads can't send text messages either, so what does iOS have to do with this?

iMessage works like this: If you have an iPhone, you can send iMessages to ANY other iOS/OSX device, and SMS to ANY other SMS-recipient. If you have an iPad, you can send iMessages to ANY other iOS/OSX device. That's it. If you're using an iPad, there's no way of 'falling back'  to the SMS protocol, because you need a carrier to send SMS.

It's the same with iMessage on OSX. It can only send messages to other iOS/OSX devices.
 
VoIP/GV integration in Hangouts is a big deal -- buy an LTE (or just a WiFi) Nexus 7, and boom, no need for a voice/text plan. That's potentially huge. "Disruptive," even. ...so, in the coming months, eh?

But wait ...

One could buy a freakin' iPad (or an iPod Touch) right now and take advantage of this possibility.

Should Android users anticipate future much-needed updates ending up on iOS much sooner than on Android? 

And you know, Apple isn't exactly a friendly competitor.

I don't expect full and perfect integration with GV right this moment, but I do expect feature parity with the iOS version. 

I just don't get it. 
 
I think it's time I give up on Google Voice, as it just hasn't been getting the attention it needs for quite some time. I'm switching to an off-contract plan with unlimited texting on +T-Mobile next month, so the only thing keeping me on Google Voice is the Chrome extension. Mighty Text it is I guess.
 
+Claudio Ibarra I believe what's being stated here is that you can't use your Google Voice number as a setup number within the Hangouts app. So say you have a "real" number and a Google Voice number, right? Essentially, you can use your "real" (or carrier) number for SMS through Hangouts, but if you were to use your Google Voice number it wouldn't work. Yet.
 
Everything will be okay before or on may 15
 
IOS app of hangout running months ahead ... really strange to see no sync in development of both platform .. 
 
+Claudio Ibarra Honestly it's just continuing with what everyone (aside from Sprint Customers apparently) has been living with. This may seem like Google pandering but , but they've been strongly pointed towards unification of not only Android, but all their services across all devices. Hangouts for iOS is a prelude to future one-stop-shop communication apps through Google that will include Google Voice and Hangouts all together. 
 
"Hangouts for iOS is a prelude..."

If Google isn't going to prioritize Android, why should Android users?
 
What it feels like is dozens or hundreds of people working on G+ full-time, round the clock, in shifts, and one guy working on GVoice in his spare time during his lunch break. I worry about Google Voice's future when it [feels like it] gets such little consideration and so infrequently.

Google is a big company full of very intelligent people. If they wanted to, they could probably unite Messages, GVoice and Hangouts more meaningfully and more quickly. 
 
"How did iOS get this then?"

They are apparently not interested in explaining that. 
 
I feel the snotty mention of 'violators' of your terms of use is rather disrespectful of developers who have taken the good time and effort to give us the functionality we need in our mobile devices. Maybe if you had given us a solution with parity to your iOS hangouts counterpart they wouldn't have had to come up with sub optimal solutions, +Nikhyl Singhal 
 
Who cares who gets what first if it's about the unification of services? When it comes to messaging apps, Google is playing catch up. All good things in time. Either way, if you have an Android phone, my recommendation would be to prioritize it. I have a Nexus, I want the Hangouts app to be integrated as much as the next guy...but there are always complications that you and I aren't aware of. After all, if we could just wave our hand over the phone and have it work, I'm sure we'd be in a much more different position than we are now in the tech industry. 

On another note, I share your concern +Claudio Ibarra about Google's dedication to services they consider no longer of use. While I didn't use Reader myself, I empathized with them over it's shutdown. 
 
thank you! I think we all just wanted to at least hear that it is being worked on...def good news
 
+Claudio Ibarra I'm sure they have the technology to get it done, but it's disruptive to carriers and the way things are normally run. So they need to work things out with carriers first. 
 
+Nikhyl Singhal Given the Hangouts update on Android will take a while to incorporate voice calling, it's unfortunate apps like Skype cannot access the right audio protocols on the Nexus 4 to have clear voice calls (the mic is too sensitive and there is massive echo on the receiving party's end). Third party apps like Skype are only able to access the Camcorder audio protocol on the N4. Given many of us with a Nexus device are using prepaid plans that have have limited voice minutes, this issue should really be addressed in the meanwhile. Thanks for listening.
 
Thanks for the update. As international Google Voice integration will take some time, how about Hangouts with a direct voice only option (basically using the current capabilities of the product without video)? So you have the option to use SMS, chat, video or voice. Also, as you seem to send SMS over the standard provider, why don't you allow to make a standard phone call? That would be nice and you would win a lot of new users
 
+Justin Cunningham The problem is loyalty from Google. This isn't the first time they've released must-desired features on an opposing platform and made its loyal fans wait. Waiting months is only making tempers rise even more. Why should I buy into their platform if their best features come out on iOS first? I'm a Nexus 4 user. If you know anything about the Nexus brand, Google's whole selling point was "you'll get stuff first!" I guess I was duped.
 
As many others have stated, as a deep roots Android user I can't understand why iOS has such a powerful Hangouts app now and us NATIVE Android users are told to wait?
 
Does this mean that Google Voice Callback app by Evan Charlton which is now only available via Amazon will be blocked? I rely on this third party app to make and receive calls, texts and to ensure my number for my devices remains private and without it, it would hinder that potential and add more inconvenient steps to dialing for me. 
 
+Thomas Aschemann how ridiculous is it that someone who just plunked down $400 on a Nexus 5, Google's flagship device will not be getting the same level of features as from a year old iPod touch in regards to hangouts? The only response? "Hopefully we'll have it worked out in 4-5 months when we turn off all third party services that do this for you"
 
So you're telling me I can't use my Google Voice number for VOIP calls in hangouts, and can't even do SMS? This makes me want to cancel my Nexus 5 order and but a damn iPhone. Been a loyal google user:. OG Droid, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 x2, Nexus 4, and soon to be shipping Nexus 5 and iOS gets better update than us...
 
That's pretty unfortunate. I've been fighting for GV for a long time, and to see stuff like this is pretty disheartening.
 
+Cliff Coleman "Does this mean the end of Google Voice on ObiHai devices?"

I desperately hope not. My entire extended family just finished porting their home numbers to Google Voice for use on ObiHai devices. If Google's gonna kill ObiHai, they'd better market an official replacement.
 
Thanks for the update. Sad and happy news. Sounds like another 6 months of missing group texts and pics of my new baby niece.
(Note I try to steer friends and family to Hangouts/Email as I prefer them personally for obvious reasons)
 
+Nikhyl Singhal currently the voice app has an option to "receive text messages via the messaging app". Am I right to assume this won't work for hangouts? Notification (SMS or voicemail) are a total mess currently. They don't sync across device and trying to use "voice mails in the phone app" option doesn't mark them as read at all.

Also how about some location aware options to change phone forwarding? I wrote a tasker plugin to do this based on whether I'm home, at work, or elsewhere.
 
This is actually about as clear as mud. First question... With regard to SMS messages, does the first bullet point mean that the Voice app is going away? And if so, is it going away before SMS is integrated into the Hangouts app?

Next, from what I'm reading, apparently ALL applications that access Voice are going to be squashed by March, 2014? Or is it only "rogue" applications? I rely on GrooveIP pretty heavily and GrowlVoice is SIGNIFICANTLY more convenient than relying on a web page to access Voice.

Finally, if these other apps that access Voice are going to be forced to shut down, is Google going to allow for VOIP through Hangouts over Voice? Seems kind of asstacular to shut down third party applications that offer functionality that Google doesn't offer and doesn't plan to.
 
+David Byrne, if you're talking about the Sprint mention at the beginning of the post, that would just be Sprint proper. None of the Sprint/Voice integration carries over to their MVNOs, unfortunately.
 
+Nikhyl Singhal I want the option of keeping Google voice totally independent from other sms / phone apps. The reason? I use Google voice not as my primary number but as a secondary "work" number. Keeping it independent means I'll be able to keep my business texts, call history, etc separate from my personal texts, call history, etc. To combine Google voice functionality with Hangouts and / or the dialer app and not give me the choice to keep them separate would be terrible. I'd even be willing to pay for the service if that's what it took. 
 
+Brian Hermon, why not create a business Google+ account and use Voice with that for your business number?
 
+David Brieck Jr I hope Google releases a dedicated Voice/Hangouts ATA to replace ObiHai's offering. That'd help a little bit.
 
Thanks for the update and for listening. While it's disappointing news, having to work with carriers is an understandable reason for the delay. 
 
+Greg Clarke It's not clear what the carries have to do with Hangouts not having VoIP capability on Android, when it does on iOS. 
 
Carriers have to do with MMS and that's it.
 
My comment is in regard to GV number integration in Hangouts, not the VoIP feature so much +Christopher Carr. 
 
Maddening, that iOS gets the full-boat GV/Hangouts integration before 4.4 is released, and then hear that GV/Hangouts integration on Android is still "months" away.... I wish someone from the Google team could at least give a reasonable explanation as to why that is. #makesnosense  
 
I appreciate some communication, but to leave us hanging that long since the update where you said hangouts would become the future of voice, and then roll it out to IOS, but tell Android users they have to wait potentially until the end of May is madness. Even if the service has 1 1/2 million subscribers. If it's completely integrated, free wifi calling, natively, so many more people would adopt it. Hopefully you can work with the carriers close enough to implement pass-off from wifi to cell tower, as well as get MMS working. I really hope that if you are cutting off voip services you give us your own solution, preferably that works way better, higher voice quality, native video conferencing cross platform or at least to google devices by phone #, I assume that's why you made the cutoff next May. Also, please don't axe the service even if it only has 1 1/2 million. If this went worldwide that number would shoot way up. Visual voicemail with text transcription(which hasn't seemed to improve in line with your speech recognition engine), portability, texting from browser with the google voice extension is everything I want, and our U.S. carriers have zero innovation in that department. However I have also been using the service for so long with no updates or bug fixes seemingly to the chrome extension/Android app interface. No unicode? Seriously, what's up with that? At least fix THAT. I appreciate all you guys do, but come on. Please expedite this, I have been patiently waiting for a very long time and there has been almost zero communication from Google. Thanks for the update Nikhyl.
 
Open up the API for developers.  Also, add a link to voice from Gmail.
 
I mean, just look how many comments you have on this post compared to your IOS release post...
 
Thank you for the update. My Sprint phone was no longer was integrated with Google Voice when I upgraded. I've looked on the boards to try to get it to work again & after a lot of digging, I saw that there is currently a known glitch that doesn't allow new Voice users or users who had the service interrupted (like with an upgrade) to integrate with Sprint phones at the moment.

Any word on whether these are related issues? Any word on a fix? 
 
+Nikhyl Singhal can you explain what cooperation you need from carriers? The Google voice app currently receives sms messages via the data connection with no cooperation from the carriers. Just having my voice sms messages show up in hangouts would be huge. 
 
+Joshua Mize I seriously doubt there will be another word said about it, by anyone at Google. Which is a shame, as they didn't really explain the situation at all. 
 
Google always does this. Half-ass answering things. Smh
 
+Mike Williams Quite true, or they flat-out lie as in the case of the non-existent Drive sync client for Linux. 
 
I know I'm in the minority here, but any hope for a WP8 application then? 
 
+Nikhyl Singhal +Randall Sarafa  What about texting to/from international numbers using a Google Voice number?  Please tell me that's also on the near-term roadmap?  (Yes, I'm quite willing to pay per text.)
 
In G Voice in Australia please.... Oh how about and international number?! ONE number to rule them all no matter which country you go to :D
 
+Brian Hermon I do the exact same thing.  Even if I could call using hangouts I want my calls to go to a handset like they do now with my Obi.
 
+Nikhyl Singhal Likely repeating concerns already expressed, but how will this impact people whom have ported their personal phone number to Google Voice and no longer have a wireless carrier? I'm using only existing android, gmail, and web client from Google Voice.
 
So, how about Windows Phone? Oh wait, Google is being a complete asshat and not supporting that OS. So great you guys keep that "don't be evil" mantra close....
 
Firstly, you guys are complete assclowns for not having the foresight to bake Google Voice into Android from the start. Secondly, maybe us end-users wouldn't be as upset if you didn't treat the Google Voice app like a bastard step-child that has some of the most horrendous ui/ux of all your services.

But guess what? It doesn't matter anymore, I'm building my own VoIP and putting it on my server. I'm transitioning away from Gmail as we speak too. You guys can keep your business records, and the government can go fuck itself over any third-party doctrine. I am seriously starting to look into SailfishOS.

Peace out skynet, I'm done with big brother. I finally have learned that no product offered by a corporation is free; if it is, you're the product. 
 
No more MetroTalk, if they are shutting down external access, they should at least make apps for windows phone, or make an official API
 
Hi +Nikhyl Singhal 

I got to try it earlier and I noticed that SMS messages and Hangouts messages are not in the same stream like in iMessage. I am quite disappointed.  

Implementation should have been such that:  

Show all SMS messages and Hangouts messages in one stream. 

When User1 messages User2 using Hangouts:
If  User1 and User2 are both online in Hangouts, then send as a Hangouts message.  
If  User1 or User2 are offline in Hangouts then send as a SMS.  
 
Sorry, +Nikhyl Singhal , but I have to call bullshit.  MMS has been missing for at least 4 YEARS!  You are partnering with Sprint and can't even get it working with them in some non-hackish fashion?  Hangouts and voice are your own products and you can't make them a priority?  Somebody isn't trying hard enough.
 
+Berkeley Goodloe Hopefully there will be a viable alternative or solution by next May.  Still plenty of time not to panic.
 
Very disappointing that my Obi is no longer going to work with Google Voice.  Seems like a pretty evil thing for Google to do.
 
It occurs to me that no where have they actually, concretely stated that VoIP capabilities will definitely be coming to the Android version. Look closely at the language.

If they kill third party apps, and never replace the functionality -- well, what is a GrooVe IP user supposed to think about that?

Not good things. 
 
This is nonsense, how frustrating.    The hate getting dependent on a Google service just to have them rip it from us.   
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This is very much needed. Everyone wants to use their GV number in Stock messaging/hangouts without using the GV UI and all through Data instead of carrier message count. 

This is the dream. Make this dream come true. 
 
I am not frustrated with the hangout integration, just their approach to 3rd party usage.   I see this flexibility as a strength of the service, not a weakness.
 
So it has been known for a while the core of IM (which became Hangouts) has shifted from XMPP (with Jingle extensions in the case of GV) to WebRTC.  So am I to understand correctly that despite being based on an(other) open standard, WebRTC, there won't be enough details forthcoming to allow companies such as Obihai to release new firmware which "speaks" WebRTC instead of XMPP/Jingle?
 
Any update on when Hangouts(for Android) will get phone dialing like the iOS app?
 
I have several OBIs - I am devastated by this news. I don't care about getting a dozen DIDs to connect these phones. I am happy to buy for the privilege of connecting an Obi to Google Voice but please please don't just shut it down.
 
OK,nice. But why the rollout is so slow, even for nexus devices?
 
Thanks for the update. Was really hoping voice would finally be integrated. Good to hear it will be sooner than later.
 
+Markus Mobius, the call and data routing is suboptimal, having to go through another routing point, but it's not all that bad, I don't think.  IPKall on the west US coast, and Callcentric on the east coast, offer no cost DIDs to which you can forward your GV number(s).  I don't know about any in the central region.  You say you'd be willing to pay; there are just a plethora of VOIP providers from which to choose for this, many for low rates.  Follow the links in the Obihai blog post.  All you have to do is use the SIP options instead of the Google Voice options on your OBi(s).

I use IPKall and an OBi110 personally, all they require is at least 1 call per month(?) to keep the DID active.  The only problem for me with them is the delay going coast-to-coast is significant (I'm in the Buffalo, NY area), so I'm looking into Callcentric.  The other fly in the ointment would be dialing would not be as automatic; unless you want your VOIP number to be the Caller-ID number, it would involve either using a Web browser (to "dial" with the Contacts Web app for example), or dialing your GV #, entering your PIN, then the number you're dialing (although fiddling with the digit maps might automate this somewhat).  On the plus side, for arguably small amounts of money per month ($1.50 or thereabouts for Callcentric), you'll have E911, so less worries there.
 
Sorry but this is so disappointing!   I posted about this here: https://plus.google.com/100749047866676246455/posts/FQmCCCEvz71

I've been biting my tongue on this in the hopes that the Google Voice SMS integration would happen with the new Hangouts/KLP/KitKat, but since we now know this isn't happening, I can't hold back any longer...  

As a Google Voice user from Day 1 (post Grand Central), Google has seriously neglected both the GV app and it's users.  Yes it does the basics as it always has, but it's slow, clunky, looks HORRIBLE, and is missing countless features that many other SMS apps have had from the beginning, or have long since added.  Google has updated literally EVERY other Google app except for Google Voice, I mean it hasn't seen a substantial update in years.  It can't even do MMS!  MMS!  But you know what, I lived with it.  I lived with it because of the promise of things to come, in true Google "Beta" nature.  But Google Voice (which is actually one of Google's best ideas/concepts IMO) has limped along with almost no updates and definitely no new features. Something had to give....and then.. Hangouts.   

When the news of Hangouts leaked early, Google Voice users let out a collective sigh of relief that Google was finally taking messaging seriously.  But then when Hangouts launched, we were told no GV support yet, but, it's "coming soon."  Hangouts launched back in what, May?  And now here we are November 1 and not only do we NOT have Google Voice support in Hangouts, Google via +Nikhyl Singhal   is saying that the hold-ups are: 

1) Carriers 
2) 3rd party apps using the GV service... AND, Google  has given them a date of May 15, 2014 (Next YEAR!) to transition their apps off of GV? 

If this process was going to take so long, why the hell wasn't it started much much earlier?  Carriers?  Please, we all know how quickly they move.  So now loyal Google Voice users and early adopters are stuck waiting basically an entire year for Google +Google Voice   to get their shit together with Hangouts, to offer something that should have been there from the very beginning?  Beyond fed up right now.  It's like they JUST started looking into the GV integration, and ran into issues.  So when +Nikhyl Singhal  announced future GV support after the original Hangouts launch, clearly that was just to shut us up, no? 

I will continue to barely use Hangouts as the gTalk replacement it kind of sort of is, until Google stops leaving loyal Google Voice users behind.  Even though Hangouts SHOULD have launched with it, regular SMS integration serves no purpose to me, or to many others, and Google should have thought about people using Google's own damn SMS service FIRST!  Worst early adopter's remorse EVER.  And I love to early adopt!   

After owning every single previous Nexus smartphone, and two Nexus tablets, I'm not even excited to buy a Nexus 5 at this point.
 
I'd have to agree with +Jason Allen there.  Hangouts is a really frakked up replacement for Google Talk at least.

It just hit me, Pidgin could stop working with Google too.  Sigh. Bigger (such as video calling) is not always better.  Sometimes all we need is small pieces of text to fly to and fro, not voice or video.  Sometimes all we need is the functionality of a Hangout's chat.
 
+Jason Allen To add to insult to injury, Hangouts on iOS can make and receive (with a GV number) VoIP calls. Hangouts for Android can't because ... 3rd party apps? Security? They don't have the decency to actually address the matter directly. 
 
As an early adopter of GV myself, and now make exclusive use of gv for calls (Grooveip) and SMS (Google's own app) I must simply point out that all of this complaining is in regards to a free service. I am greatly desiring better Hangouts and GV integration more than just about anyone, but I am remaining thankful to Google for providing a free service that has saved me an incredible amount of money over these past years with GV, and even more thankful to hear that they aren't leaving us behind. 
 
Google VoIP on iOS, but not on Android? Hey, I just found the Hangouts project manager's parking spot. Check it out! http://goo.gl/h9dhD3

I'll be installing Ubuntu on your loss leader Nexus 5 guys. You have yourselves to thank for that. http://goo.gl/ozicZT
 
+Timothy Easley Sure, a free service... Except the money I give them through google wallet payments, calling credits on my google voice, royalties they get from the phones we buy through Motorola's patents, money they earn from search revenue, money they earn on our app purchases through the play stores. Google has made a buttload of money off of me, I  know that as a fact. Hell, I've early adopted almost every google service and helped in many unfathomable ways, only to get kicked to the curb with google voice. I haven't saved any money through google voice, I've had unlimited texting since I switched to Google voice. What I don't get are multimedia messages, group chat, or emoji due to lack of unicode. Free, yes, but well paid for in the end. It's about time Google does something about this.
 
+Joe Philipps I agree 100%.  I actually stopped using Pidgin b/c the Hangouts chat built into Chrome was "good enough", but it does suck to lose that ability b/c I love me some Pidgin.  I actually didn't use Hangouts much at first b/c without the online/offline status, it was a pretty useless replacement for gTalk.

+Christopher Carr  Exactly. Don't even get me started on that.  They built VOIP calling into the Android dialer back in 4.0, 4.1?  This was the perfect opportunity to leverage Google Voice for VOIP calls.  It's time Google innovates and stops worrying about pissing off the carriers.  We're waiting Google!

+Timothy Easley I do see your points, and while I AM thankful for GV at all, it's not REALLY free (as in beer).  Yes it's free to use, but like GMail, Google harvests all of our GV data - phone calls, SMS's etc.  They use our SMS and voicemail data to improve their translation/transcription services, and have no doubt that they use all of this data to target for advertising.  So yes it's free, but we pay for it in giving them the privilege of using our data. 
 
I may have only paid them indirectly.  I bought mine at Walmart.  I just couldn't see caving into their animated ads on Search.  But yeah, despite being a market leader in terms of units deployed, Android is taking a back seat to iDevices.
 
It's unacceptable that Google Voice has not been updated at the level of these new apps like Hangouts. It's one of the best services Google offers and one that I'm happy to pay for as a subscription (ala Skype) or one time fee.
 
+Ryan Burrows Thank you! +Timothy Easley  How do you think Google can continue to offer all of these services for "free", and still make Billions year after year?  You're paying them, a lot, in fact. 
 
Google Voice Hong Kong needs you!!
 
+Jason Allen I am aware of how the income keeps flowing with Google. I also am not going to act as if that gives me some right to complain. It does not. I choose to stay with the service that Google offers as long as it is beneficial to me.
It is still beneficial to me and more than worth what they may learn from my call frequencies and elsewise, therefore I will continue to be thankful and in use of this service.
My point is, if it is no longer beneficial to you (either through its use or your frustration) then there is nothing keeping you from moving off its service. 
 
+Timothy Easley  It IS still beneficial to me, I never stated otherwise.  I'm simply saying that for an app as important as Google Voice is to those who use it, it's unacceptable how little attention they have given it.  If you're a GV user, I'd argue that it's a core service, and probably the most important Google service next to Gmail.  It handles your phone #, SMS messages, and Voicemail.  Can't get any more core than that for a phone.  Might even be more important than the Gmail app to me for that reason.  For an app of that magnitude to go this long without any significant changes is ridiculous.  Every single Google app (aside from the ones they phased out) has gotten major updates in recent months/years EXCEPT for Voice.  If they weren't going to build it into Hangouts from Day 1, they should have at least given the Voice app the same treatment as their other apps considering its importance. 
 
So sticking with +Sprint all these years has a perk: Google Voice and Google Hangouts with SMS and MMS integration on day one of +KIT KAT launch. Thanks Sprint for being such a staunch supporter or open platforms! Can't wait to see what #SprintSpark  has in store.
 
+Jason Allen no one understands our plight. My home and my office have horrible data service, so I rely on Google voice to be my main number.

I'm running PACman and use CM's Google Voice+ though, I don't know what i would have done without it
 
+Joe Philipps thanks - but I don't want to administer DIDs. And I want to show my GV number when making outgoing calls. What I liked about the Obi was simplicity. Moreover, 4 of my friends who bought OBIs based on my recommendation will just drop them - it's far too complicated if you have to juggle several accounts.
 
+Daniel Alexander there's such irony in your comment. Google is killing all AOSP apps with closed ones, and this announcement extends how much more they want to close the source on their services.

 
+Nikhyl Singhal Many like me use a Nexus phone with T-mobile $30 plan, which include only 100 minutes. If GrooveIP loose GV access without a voice calling replacement from hangouts, it will be a little issue for us. More so, since iOS already has voice calling, but new Android version seems will not have it. Also, out of curiosity, if you guys could get iOS voice calling done without carrier intervention, why would it be a problem for Android? Voicemails?
 
+Niko Lowry Exactly. I made my GV # my main # years ago.  Everyone always asks why I can't receive MMS's, and have to give this long drawn out story about GV that no one understands.  Some I give my actual cell #, but mostly people just have to e-mail me pictures which is really ridiculous in 2013.  I run PacMan on my N4 too.. great ROM!  I tried Voice+ but like the stock messaging app UI even less than the GV one, and it still doesn't do MMS, so I'll just continue to use it, but I won't be happy about it haha.  I refuse to believe that none of the Googlers use GV and haven't said "can we get an update for this damn thing?!"
 
The condensed version for those who find this thread in the morning:

VoIP - ?
MMS - ?
GV for more countries - ?
SMS - Early next year.
3rd party GV VoIP apps - Gone in May.
 
+Jason Allen if I send an MMS from the native app it will send via Google voice or my cell number. It's never consistent, and I have to preface my MMS message with a warning that they might receive it via a weird number.

If someone sends me MMS it will sometimes go in the native messaging app, and other times it will send to my gmail.
 
My frustration stems from when after ios got VOIP +Vic Gundotra said to Android users, "I promise you will be happy soon." I expected today's update to at least include VOIP to put it on par with ios. I guess we are to believe by soon he meant 6 months from now and 6 months after ios gets it. Don't over promise and under deliver. That's customer service 101.  #makesnosense  
 
By "I promise you will be happy soon" he meant "shhh, stop complaining." 
 
+Jason Allen Can't agree more on the long drawn out story about MMS and group messaging that nobody understands.

Luckily I have a group of friends with enough sense to email me stuff without question, although the frustration of the phantom MMS and group messages always brews inside me... VOIP calling? I don't care THAT much, but it is nice at friend's houses where I have very spotty service.

and you gotta be right about the google employees utilizing voice... lol. Certainly doesn't get more core than google voice, hopefully they push voice and people realize how useful it is.
 
Yes, GrooveIP will be affected by this.
 
how are you dealing with the NSA snooping on the intra-company fiber connections?
 
Great to know that Google Voice will continue to be supported and migrated. I depend on it heavily. Thank you!!
 
Will the Messaging app still be around because I don't want to use Hangouts?
 
+Nikhyl Singhal Your suggestion that developers have violated Google's terms of service and posed a security risk is disingenuous to put it charitably. Google has fostered, supported, and encouraged the development of jabber and jingle interfaces to Google Voice since its inception. See http://nerd.bz/1ggu2t1 for the history. To now claim that these developers have somehow misused services that Google has supported AND hosted on Google's own developer web site is nothing short of insulting!
 
I'm glad to see this moving forward. I've been hoping for a sort of SMS-sync service in Hangouts, similar to what MightyText or MySMS is doing. GV integration will probably be that answer. That means I'll have to get people to use that number instead...keep up the hard work +Nikhyl Singhal and don't let the masses bring you down!
 
Can we get an official API for GV? That would reduce your developers using unofficial ones significantly.
 
+Matt Wedgwood
Yup, it appears Google is determined to kill any 3rd party use of Google Voice. What remains to be seen is if there will be an option for VOIP calling and texting that does not use carrier minutes or carrier texting.  I'm suspicious that the line about "working with carriers" means the answer will end up being a big fat NO.
 
It's a bummer that you guys are dropping the service. You're user base is going to drop heavily. And just at the time I was considering getting a google phone. Guess I'll actually consider a microsoft phone. They do have better cameras anyways... and I really don't care about all the fart apps you guys have on google play...
 
Google, why are you going backward? XMPP standard protocol and dropping support of a widely support protocol is just taking steps backup. I've been using google voice for years and have been telling people how great it is and the internal rate is so cheap. Please reconsider and don't drop support for XMPP.
 
"pose a threat to your security" This is a joke right? If you are going to throw security threats in the mix please at least come up with some more detailed explanation.
My guess is that they are shutting down Google Voice XMPP support because it's starting to cost them too much money and they don't have a way to monetize the service.
I'm guessing that many people have signed up for GV because of the availability of these third part apps and devices like the Obi.
Instead of just shutting down the service they should just offer users the option of paying for XMPP or SIP usage.
I'd be more than happy to pay a per minute fee for SIP usage of Google Voice.
 
So I will no longer be able to forward my Google Voice number to a handset?  Is Google going to offer a Google approved way to do this?  I don't want to have to change my phone number, AGAIN.  If Google really wants us to use Voice, then it needs to find a way to allow people the flexibility to use the service in this way.  If not, I'm going to have to use something else.
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Why is Google voice such a red-headed step child for Google? Why does it always get second billing to everything else going on in the Google eco-system. Just once I would like Google to send out an announcement that doesn't include a disclaimer that they have done nothing for Google voice users yet. As always, continually disappointed Google voice user. 
 
MMS messages are a thing of the past, Google! I know a lot of ignorant people keep asking for this feature, but it's up to you to show some leadership and make them realise why they don't need this useless, outdated technology anymore! Please don't waste any time or resources on this, especially when it requires carrier collaboration and such. Just get everything integrated into a single app so that I can make Google Voice calls in Hangouts over VoIP and forget that my "real" phone number ever existed! Also so that my friends abroad can finally use Google Voice.
NO to MMS!
 
BOO! Bad decision on dropping XMPP and open source.

You are taking a happy user community using GV & Obi. Instead of adding value and functionality and competing in the market place with better ideas, you are shutting things down and pushing customers away!  

How about trying to monitize your established GV user base with a simple $5 / month or negotiating open access to ecosystem partners or such offer. You already have the customer base and technology that is working with a strong ecosystem. 

Very disappointed ... Do no evil? (HAH)
 
I am one of those people who ditched my home phone, and started using Google Voice and a device (made by Obi). I had tried various VOIP solutions in the past. The google voice/Obi combo was not only the cheapest (who can beat free) but it was also the easiest to set up and most reliable. 
I don't actually care who provides the box. I also would be willing to pay a small fee. Why don't you guys provide hardware for a simple VOIP solution at home? It seems to give well with your philosophy/strategy. It drives people back to your core services (gmail), and it would consolidate across devices (home phone, mobile, computer etc...). You  could even solve some fundimental problems with VOIP along the way (911, fax, home security systems).
I can only think of 2 reasons you might be moving away from this. One, being in the VOIP business brings along additional potential regulations that are probably avoided in the current implementation. Google has never been one to shy away from that. The other is that you are afraid of pissing off some companies that you need for the other side of your business. I think verizon and ATT are both in the home phone business. I assume that you do not want to risk pissing them off when you need them to help further Android (although you have enough market share now that you could probably flex that muscle if you really wanted too).
Anyways, I really hope that before my Obi goes down in May, google can figure out how to either partner with some hardware manufacture (why not ObiHai, I already have one of those!) or manufacture their own device. 
 
Disappointed by not letting Obi connect.  Why don't you work with them?  Even charge a little bit.  You can make some more bucks for Google.
 
Also, I am not sure if Obihai falls in the box where Google is protecting me because of security. I am not sure how that could be the case, but if it is, it's all the more reason for Google to make their own hardware.
 
Or partner with Obi (they are known and have a working device) to make it 'secure' or buy them outright?

So far as getting other partners po'd like AT&T and Verizon, didn't stop Google from getting into high speed fiber business. Or getting into Google Play / GoogleTV to compete with Comcast / TimeWarner, etc. So not sure that argument holds much water.
 
Yah. I agree. I don't think the "pissing off partners" argument really stands. I was trying to think of why they wouldn't do it. I think it's probably just not wanting to dedicate resources to it. 
If I was Obihai, I wouldn't be holding my breath for an offer from Google. 
 
What I really want is to dispense with a carrier and just use my Wi-Fi device for phone when connected. 
 
Please add VOIP calling with my Google voice number through Google+. The iOS version already has this feature. 
 
Breaking Obi boxes and GrooveIP app is not a great start to "improving" Google Voice. ("Dont be evil" was the google motto) I see using the new hangout app on Android 4.1.2 today asks me to ask my contacts to join google plus/hangouts. Its a very clunky app. I have to assume that making everything google plus and google hangouts compatible is simply a move for google to get more users on google plus to satisfy its obsession with facebook. Once again when it comes to free product/services on google (or facebook) "users" are the "product" not the "customer". Prove me wrong and give us GV desktop and Android phone users all the google voice functionality we have now...and more...
 
You only mention SMS for GV. Are we to believe that GV is finally going to get MMS support after May 15th or should we finally give up waiting for a feature that will probably never appear.
 
Guys, it's not like Google published an API for apps to use and is now pulling the plug. These apps were always hacks and never guaranteed to work. I really wish Google would publish a proper API for app developers to use, but until they do, you shouldn't complain. Just be glad they gave you 6 months warning! They could have pulled the plug at any time...
 
+Matt Wedgwood
I would doubt it, but I don't work at Google :(. GrooveIP connects users directly to the Google Talk forwarding "phone". It's not really any different from answering directly from the computer, except that you can use a phone for it.

Google, if GrooveIP is against your terms of service, please change your terms of service! That app is a killer feature that makes Google Voice worth having!
 
Ryan this post linked below seems to discuss the API issues and protocols and google's real motivations. Lately I am not seeing much "improvement" in google services. Just dumbing down cutting features and trying to "google plus" everything again due to facebook obsession.

I guess Ill just wait to see what google voice/hangouts looks like and then wait for the "hackers" to give a solution that google refuses to do

http://nerdvittles.com/?p=5758 "The current train wreck turns out to be yet another turf war motivated by retribution against Microsoft’s recent decision to support XMPP in its Outlook.com unified messaging product, something most companies would have greeted with jubilation. Instead, Google is miffed that Microsoft was now supporting its messaging protocol while continuing to keep its own protocol proprietary."
 
In other News, Microsoft is canning Skype API. This week is truly a sad week for VOIP users. 
 
This is complete crap.  Why would google take this amazing feature/service away from us?  
 
Just change your Terms of Services, but don't screw your users who need this service.
 
I would pay money to keep this service alive the way it is now.
 
6 months are a long time. Hopefully, Google will figure out some solution before my Obis become obsolete. I wouldn't mind buying a box from Google if that's what it takes - but I most definitely don't want to buy phone numbers from some shoe-string VOIP providers where I need to constantly on the lookout that they don't go bankrupt and/or take away my number if I go on a 2-week vacation. The Obi is just amazingly simple.
 
I'm bummed Google hasn't rolled out v 1.3 or v2 of hangouts. I thought for sure it would rollout with the update of g+
 
I have v2 on my N7 (2012). 

Permissions indicate that it can call phones, but it doesn't, unlike the iOS version of Hangouts. 
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The whole killing off ObiHai devices sucks.  Continued functionally is worth paying for in my opinion.  Either new hardware, or something.
 
No, I don't want one app that does everything. I want to KNOW whether I'm sending a message via SMS or XMPP because they have different cost, delivery, reception, and security profiles. For example, IP connectivity is frequently very expensive for me, but SMS may be free in the same location.
 
The reason we use apps like GrooveIP is that we want VOIP based integration into the phone. Maybe if you supported GV calling natively on the phone like you do with SIP?
Also, GV accounts outside US is great for expanding your user base - but how about letting your current users send texts to international numbers first?!?
 
From the announcement and the sound of the conversation, I expect that Google is not looking for any way to partner with Obi or provide a "solution" for Obi/GV users.  The solution, if there is one, will have to come from OBI.

Although pure speculation, it smells like an acquisition play.  Google drops XMPP forcing the value of OBI as a company down overnight.  If they wanted to acquire an ATA company, timing and value could not be better.

Given the six month notification window, and generally known precarious nature of GV as a selling tool for OBI, I wouldn't be surprised if OBI already has a set of solutions in the wings.  If they can sustain the valuation downdraft for awhile, and they know they have a solution ready and waiting, maybe they want to take out some investors at a low valuation.

I suspect there are more than just technology and security issues afoot.  Like Beatrix says, "I've got Big Rats".
 
Google says: "Hey Google Voice developers for improving out crappy product and filling in for our lack of support (and lack of acknowledgment) for years. Let us reward you by killing all of your work in a few months. It's for your own good."

Sure makes me want to develop more for Google.
 
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You are correct. I went looking for Google Voice APIs to try to create a client application for texting, and there is nothing except some HTTP hacks that simulate a web-browser. I sure hope they create a nice set of APIs for the newer system, so that Groove IP can be updated to continue to work with it. If they're killing off the old system and going to release a new one with a - better be - nice API, then I'm not so against it. Otherwise, they're turning into Apple. +Nekhyl Singhal I'll speak for a body here - we're Android users for a reason: CHOICE!
 
+Josh Chambers The saving grace to you doing that is if they all have Obi devices, they can still make free in-Obi-network calls to each other with the **9-xxx-xxx-xxx number of the device...  :)
 
It would be nice if someone could figure out a reliable Asterisk+GV connection that works with Hangouts - there used to be a non-XMPP way of connecting Asterisk & GV: 

http://tech.iprock.com/?p=9784 

Since Asterix provides SIP support, such a solution would replicate the current Obi functionality (although it involves running an Asterix server - itself a daunting prospect but maybe less daunting than having to buy multiple VOIP numbers simply to forward GV calls)
 
+Marc Saxe Your acquisition play hypothesis -- that's some cold thug behavior. Not implausible, though. 

I wish they would play rougher with carriers.
 
Great, the $10.00 credit I bought in 2010 might finally get some use.
 
+Andrew Abraham Keep in mind that nobody owes you anything. The fact that they're giving anyone any features at all is a good thing. Stop being a greedy little shit and pipe your ass down. "don't ignore the rest of the world" you say? Google can do whatever the fuck it wants.

The features you want are going to be rolling out slowly in the future, and GV calling will be added to hangouts early next year.
 
+Devin Mitchell 

"... GV calling will be added to hangouts early next year."

Where did they say that? Link? No? Because they haven't said that. 

"Stop being a greedy little shit and pipe your ass down." 

I'm going to assume you actually do understand the relationship one has with Google vis-à-vis their "free" products. But in case not, here's a hint: they derive monetizable value from our using them. The products are not free

And some of us even pay them for Apps accounts, storage, hardware, etc. Google is a corporation with a profit-maximizing goal (and they are very profitable indeed, with many billions USD in liquid assets). Google is not a charity. 

They can expect some feedback. If you don't want to read it, don't. 
 
+Devin Mitchell yes but I wanted to also be able to use my real number (without using third party apps like mightytext)
 
Good article.  Therefore, what you are saying, is Google will be making a Google Voice app for Windows Phone 8.  Is that correct? I hope so.....
 
+Andrew Abraham not denying anyone freedom of speech, I am merely stating my grievances with someone. I hate it when people think they should be waited on hand and foot. Freedom of speech has to do with my grievances just as much as it has to do with that child's right to say he deserves the world to bow down to him.
 
So then what does this mean in simplest terms? I'm switching to Republic Wireless soon and planned on porting my VZW number to GV, should I hold off? I only get one shot since I can't port an RW number
 
+Chas Belfield I'm sure nothing officially supported by Google will be phased out without being rolled into hangouts, so you can still definitely trust their forwarding service. 
 
OK then hopefully I don't regret the port latet
 
Are there any plans at all to get calls to phones via a data connection (at least WiFi) from the Google Voice number working over Hangouts?
 
Curious if GrooVeIP and Talkatone are in violation, what about hardware vendors such as Obihai?  We've been using an OBI 100 which has been FANTASTIC --the call quality is superior to GrooVeIP and the like since it doesn't use WIFI. It has cut our cell phone bill to about $25/month. Don't leave us hanging! 
 
GrooVeIP is in violation and will be shutting down. See their facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/pages/GrooVe-IP/118608074886558

Talkatone appears to be in violation as well but has a more positive message on their facebook page regarding Google's announcement:
https://www.facebook.com/talkatone

I use Talkatone and have been able to replace my cell phone with a much more capable iPod Touch that allows me to call and text any U.S. numbers unlimited for free over wifi. I worry that this update  from Google will destroy this functionality.
 
Voice calling integration a la desktop Hangouts. Completely negates the need for Groove IP or talkatone. As to why the feature didn't come to Android, I've got nothing.
 
+Andrew Abraham They ban others because the other companies that have tried to market replacement apps have violated Google's terms of service. Did you read the post you're commenting on?
 
+Andrew Abraham they already announced Google Voice will be fully integrate into Hangouts with MMS by early next year. I would take that to mean on the Google Chrome extension as well.
 
+Sean Kovacs you got it a bit wrong here. Apple blocks services and apps even when it doesn't use any of apples resources. Here the unauthorized Google voice apps put a significant burden on GV. Furthermore they segment the quality of service and experience. It's not good for both Google and the user. But if wanted to make your own service similar to gv, Google wouldn't stop you. How could you compare?
 
Been using GroveIP on Android Tablets with data plans only for phone calls. Is that functionality going to work after this change?
 
+Steve Elmo " Modify, adapt, translate, or reverse engineer any portion of the Google Voice Service" is one of the things listed that violates their TOS.
 
Well why on earth did they create the code, publish and host it for libjingle?  How could that code be used in accordance with that TOS sentence ?   Does anyone have a revision history on the terms of service?
 
Killing ObiHai sucks.  I ported my long time number to Google Voice for the functionality Obi and GV provide together.  If GV use gets tied to my cell phone minutes, or even just my cell phone, I will be porting my number elsewhere.  Most of my phone talking is at home and I prefer the comfort and long battery life of a multi-handset cordless system.
 
+Steve Elmo libjingle was published before Google voice got integrated into Google talk. Voice also required separate APIs not available to the public. XMPP chat clients never included the ability to make phone calls using Google voice, and moreover no service that has supported this feature in recent times has made their implementation public, which violates the GPL in and of itself, even if the APIs for Voice calls was completely open. 
 
Steven Hansen, please stay on topic.

Thanks for the explanation Josh.

I still hope google reconsiders external devices like the Obi.  It was/is as stands (till May) something that I feel many people would be willing to pay for.   It has features more desirable than other options like the MagicJack +, etc.
 
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 I thought I was. I was trying to address the whole rationale behind google decision on the future of voice:  "These apps violate our Terms of Service and pose a threat to your security,"...I have to call out hypocrisy when I see it....
 
+Nikhyl Singhal Thanks for reaffirming my decision to move away from Google services as a user of Microsoft devices. I'm glad I realized early on that the YouTube incident was just the first in a string of decisions to alienate Google customers on competitor's platforms. I guess I'll take my ad dollars to another company.
 
+Nikhyl Singhal I block all SMS through my carrier because of bad spam, and love using GV. Was sad to see today when opening my Nexus 5 that I could not integrate GV, but am happy it's in the works. Thanks for working hard on this for all of your loyal users. It makes the Android experience that much better,
 
well, we've waited this long, I guess a few more months won't kill us.
 
Google... get a life. Your customers will appreciate you more.
 
+Nikhyl Singhal seems to be some oversight in this choice. Users using Google voice have no way to sms on the nexus 5 or android 4.4. since the Google voice app can't be set as the default SMS app and hangouts won't incorporate we are left in the dark.
 
Google voice operates completely normally on android 4.4. It doesn't use the SMS system at all. They're standard notifications similar to gmail or any other app.
 
I wonder how feasible it would be for a future adapter to run android.  And then the user who buys it, can go to google play and purchase an app.  This way it wouldn't be a third party application, and google who provides the service would have more control over the end user application, since they will have authored it.

Kind how a cellphone app works.
 
+Nikhyl Singhal I'm hoping you can clear this up: GV users on iOS can already get SMS to their GV number via the Google Voice app, and VoIP calls via Hangouts for iOS. Why does it require so much time to add SMS capability—and here I'm talking only about SMS to a GV number—to the iOS Hangouts app? As it is now Google forces users to use two different apps from the same company to get both functions.
 
Honestly, I really don't care what happens with Google Voice as long as the following remains true: 
1) I can still place texts from the Google Voice website, without having to use the Hangouts app
2) I can still get calls to my Google Voice number
3) All my phone activity is still stored in the cloud

#3 is really the most important to me and the reason I haven't given up on Google Voice and switched to using DeskSMS or something similar. I really like having my complete phone history searchable on the web without having to do any sort of manual backup of my text messages and call logs. I can even add notes to text and phone conversations, star them, and find them more easily in the future. If I want to find "that movie we talked about a year ago with the cannibal spacemen" I can just search for "cannibal spacemen" and it pops up. 

If that functionality is retained with the new Hangouts function, and things like AirDroid let me have SMS conversations on the computer, I'm all good. 
 
It is kind of sad that my very old iPhone 3gs can make VOIP calls thru Hangouts, yet my 2013 Nexus 7 can not. Maybe the best of google is now on apple?
 
In the long run, Microsoft will once again rein supreme.  Google is getting too full of itself and is getting rid of the things that it's customers like most.
 
+Nate Meier I doubt that. Google is still infinitely more open than Microsoft, and Microsoft's influence is fairly certainly destined to wane with the path they're taking. I could see apple benefiting a lot from things like this though.
 
Wonderful news! Pls bring GV to Singapore!
 
Fuck you Google.  You have always been a distant second to Apple, but your selling point was openness, and the whole "do no evil" bit.  Remember those days?  Now you've just joined everyone else- but you'll never beat Apple on innovation.  At least everyone knows Apple's stance as big brother- and they don't try to pretend otherwise.  Did you just get tired of getting beat up by Apple, so you figured you'd go bully around Microsoft & others?  Oh well, I don't care.  Fuck you.  I'll enjoy watching you die.
 
Seriously? It's a free service. Stop bitching, Google isn't at your beck and call.
 
Hi Nikhyl, when can we look forward to a Google Voice update for the iPad? The current [Google Voice] app is optimized for the iPhone, not iPad. Thanks much!
 
+Josh Chambers.  Google phone's OS is the most unstructured/segmented OS out there.  There are so many flavors it's ridiculous.  There are no standards for device quality, so you end up with too many different variants of screen size, device support, etc.  I want to write apps that work on ALL devices or at least all devices meeting a known spec.  Microsoft is doing an excellent job of making that happen with their phone os where GOOGLE is failing.  2 years from now, I'm certain we'll see 10% worldwide market penetration or more on a microsoft phone OS.
 
+Nate Meier  The original post and subsequent conversation are about GV and the Hangouts app for Android. There must be WinPhone 8 communities -- go post there. 
 
I don't understand why Google created such an amazing service as GoogleVoice but seems determined to cripple it.  I totally understand shutting down rogue apps that may be using the service, but if Google is also killing off apps like GrowlVoice, that would be terrible.  GrowlVoice brings excellent functionality to GoogleVoice texts.  It's far superior to Google's GoogleVoice page.
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+Danny Holyoake Danny>  I use the Talkatone app all the time to send SMS on my wife's iPad, and my own iPhone 4.  This utilizes GV's ability to send SMS.  So you are not correct in stating you cannot send SMS w/ an iPad.  Whether or not this also works on an Android tablet, I don't know.
Cheers.
 
Huh?  I'm not associated with Growlvoice at all.  It's something I bought in the Mac app store.  I use it and like it.  I've also used and kind of like VoiceMac, which is free if I'm not mistaken.  In a perfect world, I want Google Voice to work with apps.  I love getting texts on my Mac, and I don't think a browser window is the best way.
 
+Ryan Hayle That is idiotic... I MIGHT support that if it was JUST receiveing pictures that is the issue with MMS not functioning. The proble is, that MMS is used to support group messaging on almost every device (and primarily the iPhone, which is everywhere.)

That means I CAN'T use my GV number as the one number to rule them all, because I will miss each and every group "text" that is sent to my number, including anything coming from any iPhone user. You can't force the whole world to change because you do things differently. The proper thing to do is to first support the ubiquitous standards, and then supplement them with additional features. Building a bunch of exciting features without supporting the basic standards makes it useless, as most people can't just go all-in. It makes Google voice a hobby, a toy, not something you can rely on as your primary number.
 
Please make Google Voice # compatible with Google Hangouts.  I have Verizon and canceled text messaging with them to use Google Voice, but now if I want to use hangouts it only uses my carrier number and charges me .20 cents per text.  Please fix this.
 
Goodbye Google.  This was the last straw.  First, you killed the google sync we wanted to utilize on every new iphone/ipad/etc which worked perfectly for years on short notice. 

Now, you kill our home phone service (multiple lines one for each member of the family) via Obihai adapters utilizing google voice and XMPP.  We became google evangelists over the years raving about google services.  Now, you've alienated your own users and bear in mind we actually contacted google to offer to PAY for google sync on our personal (not new email addresses on google business apps) and would have paid $5 per user per/month in our family JUST for that feature.  We were told it was not possible and to hit the road - so we did - and have begun moving all of our email services to Office 365 because you wouldn't take our hard-earned money. 

The same goes for google voice.  We were about to port yet 2 more of our new cell numbers to google this week to have "one number for life" and now it's clear our entire household's phone services (for 2 adults and 3 children) will become a living hell on May 14th, 2014.  We would have paid our hard earned money a small monthly fee to continue using it as we have been for years, but again, google says take your money elsewhere - so we will.  We will immediately begin seeking out viable replacement for google voice in our household before May 14th.

We certainly hope someone with some business (and not simply technical) sense at google begins reviewing these IDIOTIC business decisions to alienate your own customers!  After you get a million people hooked on your services like crack doesn't it make sense to turn it into a REVENUE stream and begin charging, instead of simply taking it away and telling your customers to seek out your competitors for a comparable solution to what you "used" to offer?!?

Even giants like Google with majority market-share not listening to their own users, the market trends, and screwing around with the very services that made them successful and removing features instead of adding them, all while their competition is doing the opposite, are not immune to losing market-share quickly!
 
+Todd Stotesberry I've never received or been aware of anyone I know ever sending a "group message," in fact I never knew such a thing existed. Perhaps I'm the odd one out, but I suspect not. Being included in people's junk mass emails is bad enough. I would never want that via text as well! Something like XMPP/Hangouts group chat is actually much more useful.

It sounds from your description like Apple is to blame for this problem more than anyone. You can certainly send standard SMS messages to multiple people but they chose to go with MMS. Frankly both technologies are outdated and need to be eliminated just like the fax machine.

XMPP was the future of standards-based messaging but Google has fucked us all there.
 
They've been working on MMS support for years now allegedly, according to their own help documents. It's nice to know that while they can't actually add any features whatsoever to Google Voice for years, they can block anyone from making third party apps, even for OSes they refuse to support. Petty squabbles triumph over user experience once again.
 
Any updates on the latency issue with voice calls on Google Voice (particularly while using carrier mobile network) please?
 
In case anyone was wondering, Google Voice Plus from CM allows the SMS to work on the new hangouts
 
Any word on if there will be an update to voice to allow it to be set as the default sms app for kit kat?
 
+Nathaniel Maloney 70 GB? Seriously, dude, how much porn can one person watch? I'm not sure I even use that much data on my land connection!

I agree, though, a Google data plan would be brilliant. They are already thinking along those lines with the weather balloons, but deploying those out in the states would be quite a feat! For now, I'd be happy just getting Google Fiber in more cities.
 
I use an app called GrowlVoice on my mac to send/receive GV texts.  I will be very very irritated if Google forces them to shutdown.  Christ Jesus!  Publish a damn API and be done with it!  Stop with the "oooo its for security" "ooo people are abusing it".  Publish a usable API, charge for a cut of the app and be done with all of it!  And NO, I'm not using hangouts.  Its irritating enough that my GV phone calls now ring on Chrome in two places (the gmail app and my Hangouts extension) for several rings before my cell phone rings.
 
+Luqman Mahmud you'd think if any company knew about workstations and having multiple instances of hangouts running it would be Google. At work my Mac and Linux both ring and then my phone will start.
 
"Publish a damn API and be done with it!  Stop with the "oooo its for security" "ooo people are abusing it".  Publish a usable API, charge for a cut of the app and be done with all of it! "

AGREED!
 
Publish an API, give the people what they want!
 
This is absolutely devastating news to obihai/google voice users.   When I started a voip company in 2010 we started off with google voice as a free service for our users as well.  
But we decided to eventually phase that out and stay away from google because of the fact they could shut down the service anytime leaving our landline users high and dry. 
 If anyone is interested in switching to a reasonably priced paid provider I will offer free number porting away from google voice/obihai platform.  Just send me an email at support@intelafone.com and mention this post.  You can signup at www.intelafone.com  -Ryan
 
So will there be a voice calling replacement for Talkatone/GrooveIP?
 
Google doesn't accept any petitions from us to keep XMPP (Obi+GoogleVoice) , it will only send us petition to sign so Government can't control them. In another wants Google only ask us to sign petitions for their Good not ours.
 
What about adding unicode support to google voice so i can send emoticons? I have the sprint integration and now that hangouts is my sms app and has all of the emoji, noone ( even other android phones) can't see them because google voice doesn't handle them....
 
Just go the new Hangouts app and I wanted to say that it is great.  Excitedly awaiting the Google Voice integration so I can have one messaging app (honestly I could care less about MMS at this point, but you didn't hear me say that lol)

Thanks Google
Brian O
 
+Nikhyl Singhal So if I have have GV/Sprint integration, does that mean I can send SMS via Hangouts from my PC or tablet as well?
 
For the love of God, can we at least get a reasonable explanation on WHY the iOS Hangouts app has VOIP Google Voice calling, and Android doesn't? iOS has third party apps for Google Voice too, yet it gets VOIP calling and Google's own platform has to wait for months to get the same thing.
 
+Nikhyl Singhal : The current Hangout app for Android is a total crap (using jelly bean 4.1/.2).. It just restarts, breaks and stops working all of a sudden.. Further, it does not have the voice capability yet.. Before you people close the third party access, please make sure Google voice has a stable services..Seems Google is now trying to kill its own Android platform and promoting iOS platform by giving VoIP capability,,What a shame..
 
+Debjit Pal Yes, clearly that is the most reasonable explanation, it's happening to everyone and Google just hasn't noticed or doesn't care... Or perhaps your third-world Indian phone is a piece of garbage and it is only happening to you? Just a thought...
Hangouts works just fine for the majority of users, it is simply lacking features.
 
+Ryan Hayle How dare you to call my phone a third world garbage Indian Phone?It seems you are coming from out of the world..My phone is a Galaxy Note which is pretty much high end phone..I bet its is not working good enough for most Android users..May be google has not maintained the back compatibility with Android 4.1.2 or so..
 
+Ryan Hayle talk technically without saying any word mentioning my nation etc..
 
+Nikhyl Singhal Hi, I use google voice with obihai hardware to make my google voice number into a landline. If you plan on dropping support for services like these, can you provide an alternative piece of hardware to do the same thing?
 
+Debjit Pal Sorry, I shouldn't assume you are as bad as so many of your fellow Indians based only on that, but it's getting really bad... My main point remains, however, and your initial assumption was completely wrong.

+Ryan Lewis Google never supported any services like the one you hacked together. They can't "drop" support for something that was never condoned in the first place. 
 
+Ryan Hayle interesting, I had no idea. anyways, I've very much enjoyed my hacked together service.  In this case google should *add* support then. 
 
+Ryan Lewis have you found Obihai listed elsewhere as one of the third-party applications that violate the Terms of Service?  The Obi100 on Amazon doesn't mention anything about ending support in 2014 (not that I would expect them to, especially if they were initially violating the TOS)

+Ryan Hayle have you seen it listed elsewhere?  

I almost bought a box but I knew there were lots of changes in the works and I was afraid it would stop working at some point and then it would be useless to me.  
 
Thanks Google.  Break the application I use most.  Win / Win for everybody eh?  Not so fast Big Guns.  Killing off the XMPP protocol, means that I can not communicate with my son, I can not do business at some locals, due to no "cellular" in the area.  If you kill this, then you better figure out a REAL VOIP client for Android and IOS.  I could just ditch Google, but would rather pay a subscription than loose functionality.  BOO...
 
+Brenden Petersen you do realize that you can place and receive calls using the Hangouts app on iOS, right (all through your wifi connection  and your google voice number)?  The full solution has been implemented on iOS.  Hopefully it will come to Android soon.
 
+Stephen Holst Dont you think Google is killing its own Android? Why iOS first? That implies Google has implicitly agreed that iOS is a more used OS than Android.. While Apple was trying to create their own map app, Google is trying to create a complete Hangout app for iOS.. Is not it funny?
 
+Debjit Pal I've stopped asking "why" when it comes to Google.  LOL  I agree that it is odd they sometimes do things for iOS first but the only rational I can come up with is that the complete integration of Hangouts on Android is more complex and thus takes more time.  But who knows.  For several years there wasn't even a whisper about Google Voice.  Now it seems like there are new things happening all the time and in a seemingly random fashion.
 
+Stephen Holst may b u r correct.. Google is making new things every other day..changing gmail interface etc etc..
 
+Stephen Holst
No, I didn't realize that..yet.  May have to send back the shiny Galaxy S4 i just got and get an iPhone 5s. 3rd party apps (that appear to be best practices) as the reason, I don't buy the whole story.  Personally, I like the bastard stepchild look of GV app / web.  Does 1 thing and does it well.
 
Just wanted to add my 2 cents. Google never stated it will be a VoIP service. So they will never support that. I am also an avid user of Google services, but have learned my lesson to never totally depend on a "FREE" service. It could be taken away at any time. Although, it's a great thing that 3rd party apps/hardware could give us a little bit more sweets in our lives, but sweets comes with cavities that needs to be pulled out if not taken GOOD care of it. I am not supporting GV's direction, I'm just being realistic on this. Google has offered many things "FREE" and with that there are consequences. I am also frustrated that why can't Google just get the GV VoIP service over and done with. There is no need to mess around with a good thing. I don't think there's much risk in getting VoIP on GV and also have it on Hangouts. People uses Skype because it can do both, a landline and chat over the computer. If Google wants to compete with Skype that's what they should do. I know that at one point GV is trying to take market share in this VoIP service, but its hard for Google Users like us, to convince non Google users to completely switch over to Google if they keep changing their service on us. We have NO basis to say that Google is the way to go.

I have been using GV for a while and am quite happy with their service, now with the uncertain change, I am not sure where to go but wait it out. Therefore, can't tell my friends to give Google services a try when I don't even know what's going to happen.
 
 I hope Google releases a dedicated Voice/Hangouts ATA to replace ObiHai's offering. That'd help a little bit.
 
So when is there going to be an official Windows Phone app?
 
I hope that you're going to make your own alternative for GrooveIP since you're cutting them off! I have NO CELL SIGNAL at home and this is the best and easiest way for me to continue to get phone calls at home!
 
I hope you all realise that all you have to do is pay for your own SIP provider and you can keep using Google Voice for everything. Android even has built-in SIP support. Enough with the whining, cheapskates!
 
Nikhyl Singhal
Can someone address how this will affect GV and Obi for home VOIP usage? I don't have Android, I don't have a smartphone, I can't even get a cell signal inside my home to use those services at home. It seems all the responses about TOS violators and offendor services are related about mobile usage, What about home usage without any mobile usage? I'm homebound and rarely use mobile beyond a tracfone, am I suppose to buy an android phone for phone services despite it won't work for me and is unneeded?.
 
+Noose Newsome There is a blog entry on the Obi site that confirms that GV for Obi is toast. I bit the bullet and switched to Anveo.
 
+Noose Newsome if you have a computer and a home phone you can make and receive calls using them and your Google voice number. 
 
I can't find a single instance of a security breach caused by Google Voice. Could you maybe have provided the real reason for this instead of using FUD?
 
+Nikhyl Singhal , I want to point out to you how many audio-processing features GrooveIP has in it. The user can set all the DSP parameters, and they are tweaked for individual devices to get around bugs. Is this level of functionality going to exist in the new Hangouts, and is it going to be available to those of us with Gingerbread devices?

My recommendation to solve this problem is for Google to buy GrooveIP from snrb labs, and modify it to be the new Hangouts. Those audio processing features are amazing, and we want them.

Better yet, as +Paul Danger Kile pointed out, nowhere have I heard of a Google Voice security breach, and GrooveIP uses all the best (OAuth2) security features available; so the best solution is to change your terms of service, so that other apps can be developed, since this is the spirit of openness that Google championed with Android and "Don't be evil"!!!
 
I'm done with google. I have been a google lover since day one but they are heading in the wrong direction. Their motto of " do no evil" has evaporated. I bought my obihai device so I could use GV at home with a cordless phone. I also have a windows phone that I have been using metrotalk that has worked well. Now with google voice switching to hangouts both of these services will be gone. And there is no hope of google making a hangout app for windows phone. Aside from the fact they are reading your email, well, the google I knew and loved is no longer. Sayanora google.
 
+Timothy Kruse I hear your frustration but you don't pay for Google Voice, you don't pay for Gmail and you aren't even indirectly supporting them by buying an Android phone.
 
I don't pay for Google Voice, but I do own an Android device, and will likely be getting a newer one in the next month or so. I'm not complaining about the merge with Hangouts if it brings all the features Google promised, I just would like to have all the options that we had before. Voice+Hangouts+faster :) == win! And if they add the Google Voice API to the existing Hangouts API, then we're all set!
 
+Stephen Holst  but we WOULD pay for it Stephen! So many people use google voice for landline replacements at home with Obi that they could have a viable service, but they are too busy pushing people on android and google +. charge for it, put advertisements on calls, do what they need to.
 
+Noose Newsome I totally agree.  I'd pay for it too.  But that still wouldn't change the fact that people paid Obi for a service and obviously Obi didn't read the fine print when they offered the service.  If I had purchased an Obihai device I would be bitching to them, not Google.  

For the record, I pay for Google Drive space.  And even as a paying customer I still can't force them to make a Google Drive for Linux app.  Google was extremely clear that Voice was a forwarding service all along and required you to have a working phone to set it up.  Now that they are potentially adding IP voice services it doesn't give us the right to bitch to Google about a third party product that won't be supported.  
 
+Noose Newsome Why do you want to pay for it so badly when there are so many hundreds of paid VoIP services already out there, any of which can work with GV? I really do not understand this attitude.

+Stephen Holst I agree, people should be bitching to Obi if they didn't state in very big print that the service was unsupported and unauthorised by Google!
 
+Ryan Hayle what's worse is that when you go to the OBi110 listing on Amazon it still says that it works with Google Voice without any mention of the termination next spring.  And it even describes Google Voice as an internet phone service provide which it definitely is not.  Talk about an evil company!
 
+Stephen Holst
We didn't pay Obi for a service, I paid Obi for ATA hardware box, they never promised service with google, Google was just available, other providers are available with Obi, but google setup was simple without the complexity the other include and that is why people liked it and chose google. Google voice was our service that we added to the hardware box, not an Obi advertised service.

I'm not bitching, I'm voicing my opinion to maybe persuede. I know google will do what is best for google, I understand that. But no harm in trying to get google to see the "light". I just wish google wasn't so pro-android and moving away from desktop, there are laptop/desktop users still out here that are getting squashed in it's step for an all mobile world.
 
+Ryan Hayle
Because in a way I trust google in the long run, google will be here 30 years from now, can't say that for the others. I bought into google early on and even though I have been disgusted with few changes(igoogle), still my preferred company. the others are complex, throw out tech jargon, Google is much like apple, ease of use.
CJ Grub
 
How do I become a trusted tester for this. I would love to be able to use my Google Voice number for everything including MMS.
 
I agree, this would be a cool thing to have! When will it work for Galaxy
Player devices?
 
+Ryan Hayle I recently started service with VOIPo.  Still use GV but now pay VOIPo for the line.  At $185 for the first 2 years it's extremely affordable.  Yes it will go up after that but even $185 / year is certainly doable.
 
I hope it get's worked out before May.  Although I will say I should probably make these analog phones tied into the Obi/GV  911 compatible so maybe I get a new home # through a real SIP service provider that is Obi freindly and that has e911 and make that new # a forwarding phone on GV so at least my cordless phones will ring.    It's probably to much to wish for to have GV support E911,  ATA box, MMS, and shortcode texting all for free.  But it would be nice. :)
 
So it's been almost two months after IOS gets VOIP and still no love for android?  I get the whole carrier work on SMS/MMS but for the love of all that is holy when can android fans get some VOIP love???
 
+Mike Clinton I am now forwarding my GV number to my new VOIP provider.  I also have a SIP Client on my phone so I can return calls using my new number.  Other than the smoothness of sms integration I've recreated pretty much everything GV did and it's not costing me very much at all.  I actually have additional functionality that GV did not provide like "follow me" (which I love).
 
I have tried more then a dozen SIP clients with varying success bit none work well enough for everyday use (at least on my nexus 5). Using the default SIP function in the dialer is pretty solid but getting that to work adds more moving parts which add their own problems.
 
+Rafael Diaz My understanding is that the built in SIP clients only work on wifi.  I use CsipSimple which works on wifi as well as 3g or 4g data.
 
I'm not understanding what you guys meant by selling your vanilla Nexus line if we do not get major updates first such as the one Apple (of all companies) got.

It is disappointing to say the least. So much for your selling, bait and switch tactics, I appreciate getting OS updates first, but come on that is not the only thing to update as you proved with iOS.

A simple explanation will suffice, but you don't even bother.
+Nikhyl Singhal
 
+Alan Schneider I really like csipsimple but I have found it unstable (stable and nightlies). Particularly if you have other SIP/VOIP clients. Default SIP still uses your cell minutes ( I confirmed this myself on T-Mobile) even when on WiFi (data turned off).
 
+Rafael Diaz Verizon makes it almost impossible to use the built-in SIP client and part of my reasoning for using an outside SIP client is to avoid more cell minutes.  I've considered trying Bria but it seems that doesn't change screen orientation which is also very important to me since I use my S3 in a car dock and sometimes need to make calls.
 
GrooveIP is a violator as they state on their app page in the Google Play Store that they will no longer be permitted to use Google Voice starting May 16th, the day after Google Voice stops supporting xxmp protocol. I'm liking Hangouts, and I'd much rather be making my Google Voice calls using a Google app than a 3rd-party app. I, too, like the direction Google is going on their Android platform. 4.4.2 is cleaner and fixes lots of the 4.4 quirks. It's almost there. Still lots of work, but we're all a bit spoiled I'd say. It's pretty dammed awesome the things Google offers, so many of which are free. Peace.
 
+Alan Schneider This is one reason for Google to step up and do the non-evil thing here. I'm not (yet) regretting my N5 buy but it is disappointing that Google has let the voice side just stagnant all these years. GV should already be beyond these minor feature requests. I'll reinstall Bria and confirm the orientation.
 
What about SMS/MMS support for the hangouts chrome extention? That would be awesome to be able to text from the desktop.
 
What about Windows Phone users who use Google Voice? Is the only option to move to Android platform?
 
Bump!! Early 2014 has arrived!! Still waiting on a date 
 
Port your GV number to your phone and you've got Google Voice to make all your calls and texts permanently on your phone. The instructions on how to do this are all explained on Google Voice's settings or help. All the free services Google offers yet they aren't enough, it would seem, based on the amount of whining going on. There's still almost half a year before the 3rd party apps like GrooVe IP have to stop using GV, and hopefully by then Google will have Hangouts fully functioning. 
 
I was at the Google Voice Blog and the most recent update seemed to be May 20 2013.   There is NOW is new problem as of 24 hours.  I do not know where to tell Google about this except from here.  I cannot go to Google Contacts and make a call... the 'icon' to click is not there.  I have to go to my place calls via my Inbox to find the number I need to call.
 
FFS.  i just found out about this.  +Nikhyl Singhal drops this bomb and then doesn't even have the cajones to reply to a single comment here?  sad.  "a threat to your security"??  who do you think you're fooling?  this is all about control!  #6 here https://www.google.com/about/company/philosophy/ :  "You can make money without doing evil."  learn it.  love it.  live it.
 
+Nikhyl Singhal, or anyone on this thread.  I use Talkatone every day, as I ported all 5 phone numbers my family had to Google Voice.  The app pulled all the numbers into a single application so our Nexuses (plural) all rang when someone called us back in the States.  We moved to the UK and this is our best option for calling back home.  What is going to happen May 15th when the APIs are killed off?  What will replace great applications like Talkatone?  Hangouts?  If you don't have a USA handset, how can we call over IOS or Android?  I could care less about SMS and MMS, I want the Voice function of Google Voice.
 
Care to provide an update on this? It's ridiculous you can release it for iOS but it's still not available for Android.
 
Can anyone offer a recommendation on an alternative to Google Voice? I mostly use it for the virtual phone number, ringing both Skype and mobile phone.

Stuff like this has converted me from a former hardcore Android / Google services fanboy to looking pretty hard for less closed alternatives.
 
I really would like an update when Hangouts will use my Google Voice number for text messaging rather than my Verizon mobile number.   I did away with unlimited text messaging and don't want to pay for each text using hangouts.  I've tested it on occasion and it still will use my mobile carrier number rather than my Google Voice number.
 
I'm not really interested in downgrading from Google Talk or Google Voice to Hangouts (and I'm dreading the hassle of getting Google to disable the internal routing that makes migrating from Google Talk on a Google Apps domain to using a non-google XMPP provider that actually does federation correctly). But I suppose, once Google releases the appropriate Telepathy plugin for Maemo to use Google Voice (or enables SIP registration), the service should at least remain usable.
 
are we close? now month 2 of 2014 and you said it was coming early this year, waiting in eager anticipation!! :)
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+Nikhyl Singhal I have Google Voice/Sprint integration. But when I receive emojis in SMS, Google Voice changes them to just question mark symbols. Is there a fix for this? I have a Nexus 5 running latest version of Kit Kat. 
 
It's early next year.  When's that Google Voice and Hangout integration coming, +Nikhyl Singhal?  (I've been using the Hangouts app for, well, hangouts and it is great!)
 
I hate to ask but I must persist...I have a business VoIP service with Accessline which was acquired by Intermedia.  Its a number that I don't want to give up and want to integrate with my google apps.  I have asked Intermedia if the number can be ported and they said YES they'd cooperate in anyway possible.  What can I do? 
 
+Maria Hernandez I would suggest porting it to a T mobile prepaid line first, if you have any issues. I did that with a family's Verizon home phone.  Once it was on T mobile I ported it to Google Voice with no problems.
 
Hi +Nikhyl Singhal , it's about 4 months since your original post.  Any chance we can get an update on Hangouts + GV integration?  (FYI, "something" recently updated -- maybe Google Now -- and I can no longer send text messages by voice command.  Google Now says it was sent, but nothing happens.  Major loss of functionality and safety!)
 
Ditto, Looking for updates on the google voice app!
 
I'm considering Skype as an alternative.  There's a lot to say for its solid reliability and commitment to quality... (something I've learned to hate about Google).  By far it has the best chat functions.  Skype's had some problems with their Android app, but it now seems to work most of the time.  It isn't free, but neither are other solutions.   Missing functions?  Sure, but it works reliably on both my cell and my computer.  And, the UI continues to improve, not get worse.

I've sadly invested my time and reputation promoting Google Voice, but it's getting so unreliable and hard to use, I've just about had it.  Managing Groups, filters, contacts and rules is so difficult to get right, no one can do it without the missing documentation.  As evidence of the lack of detailed quality, try doing a search in the GV website for phone numbers from your past calls.  (It can't properly parse the stings that you can copy and paste from your call history).  If this team had been in charge of search, we still be using AltaVista.

More importantly, Google has  no commitment to GV, and has seen no real value in providing Google Voice long term.  Every call to or from a landline costs them a penny or so, per minute.  GV is a financial loser for Google, with little hope of a decent ROI.  OTOH, if they weren't committed to seeing it through to create a greater product than GC gave them, then why'd they buy it?  It's sad, because this could have become a world class PBX as the centerpiece of Google Apps, and become essential part of every business.
 
 
This is very disturbing, and I just found out about it today via a reference on slashdot.  And I still don't quite understand.  I had Grand Central from near the beginning, and have used a Google Voice number as my main.  I gave up a landline because I'm not going to put up with that company and pay for Caller ID, and a couple of  years later found out about OBi.  Have used it w/Google Voice as a home phone.  Not sure what to do or what this means.  Will I still have Google Voice ringing my cell phones, and just have the OBi and "home phone" cut off?  I love the total control of Google Voice over unwanted callers, and would not have a phone that didn't include Caller ID without an extra charge.  My rule is no telemarketers, and the only ways to enforce it have been GV and Caller ID.  If everything would stay the same, and I could keep both GV and OBi, I'd sure rather pay Google a tiny amount of money than pay a red cent to the phone company, cable company or these opportunists trying to exploit the situation.  It would be a major headache to have to change my phone number, as I don't even know my devices' numbers offhand, and GV is the only number I give out.
 
+Karla Magee You can have GV as your main number by choosing the option that it makes all of your calls or you can choose it to make them.  It has caller ID on it as well.  The only thing it doesn't have right now is MMS only SMS messages.  
 
Currently, I use Google Talk/Voice on my computer to provide me with a "land line" since my cell carrier provides no coverage in my remote location (in rural Texas).  When I first tried Hangouts, I lost my ability to place/receive calls so I reverted back.  Is that fixed now?

Also, in order for my cell phone to place and receive calls when I'm not visiting San Antonio (i.e. at home), I've had to use Groove IP.  As a result, I never redirected my mobile number to my Google number.  It's now March 2014...  Does Hangouts allow VoIP calls yet?  Can I install Hangouts now and still be able to use my phone at home?

This is critically important to me because I'm unemployed and receive requests for phone interviews from time to time.
 
+Alex Dunkel Hangouts on iOS let's you make VoIP calls. Hangouts on the web now does let you make and receive calls. Hangouts on Android does not seem like a priority for +Nikhyl Singhal and team so therefore does not have any VoIP capability.
 
May 15th will be a sad day as the native Google Voice app stops working once you loss access to a USA phone number, even if you did need the old number.  Groove IP was a good work around but come May 15th I will lose the ability to call my USA based co-workers.  Time for someone to come up with an open source peer to peer VOIP solution so we are not at the mercy of Google changing moods.
 
This violation of terms of service should have been nipped in the bud before unsuspecting users began to use a very useful service.  I am very displeased to be losing this service, and given that users had no reason to believe they would lose it and acted accordingly, I think it would be more Google-like to reverse the decision to discontinue it.  Google-like will have a new meaning if they go through with this.
 
Google Voice is awesome! When will Google take the next obvious step and extend it into an SMB PBX system? It's a logical adjacent product to google apps and would make Google the one-stop SMB enabler. Thanks. Keep up the good work.
 
I have now decided to turn back on Verizon text messaging with my mobile # as I am so tired of not having MMS support through my Google Voice #.  It seems Google is not interested in this and I am tired of even looking for information regarding it.  
 
+Nathaniel Maloney Same here. I'm sure you feel exactly the way I do. Betrayed by +Google and +Nikhyl Singhal . It's not even that the MMS support isn't there but there's no communication about when it'll happen. 
 
Obviously we are passionate because we LOVE the current use of OBIHAI boxes with Google Voice.  We will gladly PAY $$$ to keep things the way they are.

I could go into my particulars, but the simple answer is that I want to continue to use my OBIHAI boxes, and I want to continue to use them with Google Voice.
 
I absolutely agree, Eric.  I don't want things to change with my OBi and Google Voice; I absolutely love them!
 
Having read more on this, but apparently not enough, I still don't entirely understand.  I see that OBi is partnering with Phone Power, and I looked on Facebook to see what people think of them.  I can give up the OBi/home phone and will do so if I can't keep what I have and keep it right where it is, at Google Voice.  I also looked at Hangouts, tried to call a phone number, and after a couple of steps was informed I'd have to download something.  Not doing it.  I've no interest whatsoever in Hangouts.  Here is what I want to know:  Can we still keep our Google Voice numbers and have them ring multiple (non-OBi) phones, and can we have the call records and full control online at Google Voice?  Or will Google Voice and the number I've used for years end entirely?
 
does my google voice number work? can I use my google voice to call internationally or my family can call from abroad to my google voice number?
 
Hey Nikhyl - My recent KitKat update (for T-mobile) really messed me up... I cannot use Google Voice as my primary SMS app any longer and I'm now being charged by my carrier for Google Voice text messages. Any insight on how to resolve this or am I forced to ditch google voice?
 
+Ari Rasekh Was it perhaps the new Hangout app taking over SMS functions and creating this hassle?  If so, go into System Settings, find preferences and set GV back to being your SMS app.
 
What is an app that can be setup presently to do SMS functions on Ting that will continue to work beyond May 15?
 
+Eric Nay that seems to be the problem (I must choose to use hangouts or the native messaging app as the default messaging app). And in Kit Kat 4.4.2 (I'm using a moto x) GV is no longer one of the options in sms settings whereas previously it WAS. So I'm not able to do what you propose.
 
I'm not familiar the technical jargon, but I know this:  I love GoogleVoice.  It's so simple.  One number, and you be reached anywhere.   So convenient to get text messages of my voicemails and have them saved in my account, and even be able to download them.  I was able to save and download voicemails from family members who have since died and turn them into MP3's to listen to anytime.  Those messages are snapshots in time and are truly precious to me 

GoogleVoice works seamlessly with the ObiHai box to provide fantastic, inexpensive, home phone service.  I love using GoogleVoice home phones to make international calls as Google's rates are unbeatable.  I will be truly saddened if I can no longer use GoogleVoice for my home phone service and lose access to saved voicemails as I do now.  Please find a way to keep it going and continue integration with ObiHai to end the monopoly of the current telephone service providers.
 
Fyi I find the solution to my problem for sitting interested.... It was due to the setting mentioned in the Note at the end of this support post. https://support.google.com/voice/answer/115063?hl=en. Turns out on kit Kat update the setting must have changed and texts were forwarding to my Tmobile #and incurring overage charges.
 
+Dipti Nevrekar  I did the same thing with voicemails of a loved one who died.  Very precious to the survivors.  Google Voice has been the best thing ever, and OBi was a great addon which provides us home phone service, which we will likely never have again if Google discontinues the ability with OBi.
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wtf google? Who p!ssed in your cheerios?
 
Seriously... the move to block Obi is going to make me look at competitor's products (including pay products) where I traditionally went to Google.   Very petty way to erase a lot of goodwill with customers. +Dipti Nevrekar
 
Scott, you are right about erasing good will toward Google, but "making" us look at competitor's products means manipulation.  We should not take a look at products to replace the OBi/Google system that are thrust at us.  We should dismiss them automatically and come up with our own alternatives.  These "competitors" are not competing at all, but think they have us in the bag because we are being screwed and left high and dry.  I have no reason to think we would be well-served.  Whatever we did before the Google Voice/OBi combo became an option is what we should go back to now.  I, for one, will not be exploited or be the product.
 
+Scott Gruber Perhaps you should look at products not made by Obi, a shitty company that made a hack product on an unauthorised, reverse-engineered API.  Obi is the one you should be pissed at.  They charged you for that shit!  What assholes.
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