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After suggesting last May that Google Voice will be integrated into Hangouts, Google appears ready to pull the trigger. A Google Voice migration tool was spotted in Android this week.

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Sad news if you don’t want Google to consolidate all of your communications into Google Hangouts. A pair of recent developments strongly suggest that Google Voice is the next service to become part of Hangouts.

NDTV Gadgets noticed that Google updated its SMS for Hangouts support page with a note saying the service would be discontinued on July 2, which is today. This applies to the SMS for Hangouts on the web, not for the Hangouts app on mobile devices. If you want to use Hangouts for SMS, that option is still available.

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However, there’s also something going on with Hangouts for Android — and possibly for iOS too, although there’s no hard evidence of that just yet. A reddit user by the name of dude2k5 snapped a screenshot showing a Google Voice migration to Hangouts. The tool itself doesn’t work yet, but it’s a clear sign of where Google Voice is going: into the collective functions of Google Hangouts.

At last year’s Google I/O event, Google suggested this might happen at some point in the future. In May 2013, Nikhyl Singhal, a product manager for all of Google’s real-time communications services, specifically noted that “Hangouts is designed to be the future of Google Voice, and making/receiving phone calls is just the beginning. Future versions of Hangouts will integrate Google Voice more seamlessly.”

It looks as if that future version with Google Voice integration will be here soon; I wouldn’t be surprised to hear an official announcement before the end of this week, if not today.

  1. Chris Rodgers Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    I just hope we get to keep our Google Voice numbers! I use that number for everything.

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    1. Same here; I have a custom one made from my name. I suspect we’ll get to keep them.

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  2. ohh boy !!
    I have been using Grand Central, gizmo 5 and GoogleVoice myself for years as a home phone replacement and advising my friends and other visitors for the same:

    http://indudas.blogspot.com/2010/09/so-you-hate-paying-your-phone-company.html

    Hope this conversion does break that interface. fingers crossed !!

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  3. My phone was vibrating every 10 seconds (from notifications), haha

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  4. My phone was vibrating every 10 seconds (from notifications) haha, spread like wildfire.

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  5. I personally hope Hangouts will work like iMessages. I wanna use Hangouts as my default messaging app and when message someone:

    A) if they have Hangouts installed, it’ll start a chat in Hangouts
    B) if they do NOT have Hangouts installed, send them a text from my Google Voice number

    I love my iPhone but I’d much rather see Hangouts go mainstream instead of iMessages.

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  6. I don’t at all like this move to consolidate. At all. I use my GV number strictly for business and the thought of having my personal calls and texts combined in the same interface as my business calls and texts just won’t work for me.

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    1. Wahhh! Wahh!!! Baby go boom?

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    2. What’re you kidding me? This consolidation will be amazing. You have to understand that your situation is an abnormal circumstance and that most people don’t have their phone act as two separate phones (FOR FREE might I add). Most just use Google Voice as their primary and only number. The fact that you are able to get two sets of text messages on your 1 phone, skirting the need to get a personal phone and business phone like a normal person is purely miraculous.

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  7. This is cool though since Hangouts I think can be streamed to your TV through Chromecast and now Google Voice is part of it. Google Voice+Chromecast+Hangouts+tv= pure awesomeness!

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  8. :-(

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  9. Chad Bordes Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    Im working with tmobile right now to see if we can get the texting over wifi thing fixed as I have crap coverage at work. MMS will work fine over wifi (sending & receiving) in the stand alone messaging app but not in Hangouts.

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