Hold the phone: Google isn’t hanging up on Voice in Hangouts after all

With the threat of a voice app for Whatsapp, the present dominant spot of Skype, of BBM ( now with Voice) being made available on iOS and Android… Smart move Google!


Although last week’s Google(s goog) I/O event overflowed with new feature debuts, I noted on Thursday that one key Google service was absent: Google Voice. Instead we heard about Google’s new Hangouts app, a unified messaging service for the web, Android and iOS (s AAPL) devices.

Hangouts has taken the place of Google Talk, which is what I use daily to make phone calls via Google Voice. Or at least I used to.

telephoneAt the moment, users who upgrade to Hangouts on the web lose the ability to make voice calls through the old Google Talk. Incoming Google Voice calls can still be accepted through the new Hangouts, however. It turns out that Google Voice actually is a big part of Hangouts, it’s just not ready yet. Nikhyl Singhal, a product manager for all of Google’s real-time communications services said this on his Google+ page on Monday:

“Hangouts is…

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