Google Voice App to Get VoIP Integration Across Platforms Soon
Google renovated its call forwarding and voicemail app Google Voice just a few days ago and introduced a 'cleaner, more intuitive' interface. The tech giant has also assured regular updates to Google Voice, and now it's planning to present VoIP calling in one of its upcoming updates.
Google has established to 9to5Google that it is working on VoIP integration in the Google Voice app. "The updated Google Voice app doesn't have VoIP features - it has the same features for making calls as the existing Google Voice app. Hangouts will ring by default in addition to any forwarding phones on your account, just as it did before. (Again, not a change with the new app.) We are working on VoIP integration," Google told the publication.
The best part of the new update is the design overhaul that has been brought forward to all the versions; the web, iOS, and Android. And that is the ability to use Google Voice outside of the US. Google Voice apps are in advanced features and a cleaner design that matches the look of Google's other apps, as per the company. The lack of updates meant that the new features and integrations people were using and were excited about were not presented on Google Voice. The promise of "regular updates" is more significant, and Google has confirmed to us that one of those upcoming features is VoIP integration.
We do not know that much about the Google Voice VOIP integration yet since Google just declared this feature is coming to Google Voice. Meaning that when somebody calls our Google Voice number, Hangouts will still ring on different devices. Google Voice will be able to run across all devices, including Android and iOS. If we now use Hangouts for our Google Voice communication, there's no need to change to the new apps, but we might want to try them out as we continue to bring new enhancements. Those in other countries want to throw their number in Google Voice but are unable to because it only supports U.S. numbers right now. Google is trying to move Hangouts away from the general consumer market and position it as an enterprise solution.
The new VOIP feature is not now on the new Google Voice update from previous in the week, but you can expect this new integration to be out in the next update. In addition, Google Hangouts is expected to receive "heavy encryption" features, making it more appealing to business users.
Apparently, Wi-Fi calling abilities are being worked on; in the event that cellular connectivity goes ruined. The report further states that "this ability to make a call through your number regardless of device - and even on the Web - could single-handedly make Voice a full-featured cellular alternative, if not a full replacement'.
With VoIP integration, Google Voice could really pick up pace, and possibly then, Google could look to develop in international markets.