So Google has at last merged it’s antiquated Voice app with it’s Hangouts app. Seamlessly utilize Voice and Hangout messages in one conversation (as many of you have been doing with your SMS). This is welcome news, as it also brings a refreshing interface change to the Hangouts app.
That said, the real change was the inclusion of the Hangouts Dialer! Not that surprising in itself if you’ve been aware of Google’s persecution of all apps utilizing the Voice service to deliver free phone calls. With a mandate that all 3rd party apps cease this usage several months ago, it’s nice to have an official interface at last. That said, the call service itself appears to be spotty when using Hangouts Dialer, at least for me. I, myself have retained one of the aforementioned blacklisted apps in its unmodified form, and it still delivers flawless digital voice calls. Unfortunately, the Dialer functionality is virtually unusable at the moment, hopefully Google will improve this shortly!