The days of Google Voice as a stand alone app may finally soon come to an end. Ever since we first began hearing rumors of a “Google Hangouts” that looked to unify Google’s multiple messaging services, we knew Google Voice’s days were numbered. But, as we all saw, Hangouts launched and even though it eventually added SMS messages into the mix, Google Voice integration was still nowhere to be found.
Fast forward to today where the folks at 9to5Google now have it on good authority that this could finally be the year the Google Voice app finally get folded into Hangouts. No exact date was given, only that the change was “months out.” It’s still unclear what Google’s plans are for Voice, hopefully this rumor isn’t hinting at a completely closure of their service, just that they’ll be relocating.
Once Voice finally gets rolled into Hangouts, we’re expecting to finally have the ability to make both VoIP calls (just like on the desktop and iOS versions of the Hangouts app), as well as send SMS messages using our Google Voice number. Carriers willing, here’s to hoping Google can finally make it happen.