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:
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.