Hangouts 2.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshots)

As suspected, the Internet giant Google on Wednesday has finally gotten around refreshing its free of charge Hangouts mobile application for the iPhone and iPad with the ability to make phone calls to anyone on your Hangouts contact list, using the new voice-calling feature.

As part of its staggered shuttering of the Voice app, “starting today you can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android, iOS and the web,” wrote the search giant in a post over at the Official Google Blog.

Calling landline and mobile phone numbers in the United States and Canada is free, with the international calling rates starting at a ridiculously low one cent per minute.

Opting in to receive SMS and Voicemail in Hangouts doesn’t prevent you from accessing your old messages in the Google Voice web app. Bear in mind, however, that you won’t be receiving messages anymore in the Google Voice after your texts and voicemail start to get routed to Hangouts.

They also have a new app icon, check out the old (left) vs. new (right).

Hangouts 2.2 for iOS (app icon, small)Google Hangouts app icon

On iOS, just update the app to start making phone calls.

The Android edition requires updating to the new version and then installing the accompanying dialer, seen below, which turns on voice calls.

Again, after this update Apple users can make and receive free and low-cost VoIP calls directly from their Google number, through the Hangouts mobile application for iOS and Android (the web version of Hangouts already allows this).

Hangouts 2.2 for iOS (Android screenshots)

AndroidPolice cautions that the experience is not hassle-free as text messages sent to and from your Google Voice number do not always appear in Hangouts.

The Google Voice extension for Google’s Chrome browser will be able to send SMS, but it won’t receive them anymore, notes the blog.

Hangouts 2.2 changelog:

  • Make audio-only calls to anyone in your Hangouts contacts.
  • Enterprise support: login via Google Account.
  • Better Abuse/block handling and bug fixes.

The universal 25.1-megabyte app requires any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad capable of running iOS 6.0 or later.

[App Store via Official Google Blog]

  • A’s Network

    No offense here, but my hangouts app for some reason has been able to call out ever since a month ago. Maybe this wasn’t announced until now?

    • landryb06

      Yeah, nothing new here…

    • VITICO

      mine was able to call out too but I dont think i was able to call someone who’s on my contact list but lives in DR for free.. i was always able to make calls in the US for free tho..

    • Yeah I’ve been using the calling feature for over a month now…

      Really handy when I’ve got my head phones plugged into my iPad and I’m too lazy to grab one of my phones to make a call… don’t you judge me – you know you’ve done it too…

  • Dan

    I’ve been able to call out for months. Receive calls is another matter, and I still don’t seem to have a google phone number even after the update.

    • Do you have Google Voice set up to ring Hangouts (or Google Chat as it’s labeled some places)? You enable this via the Google Voice website’s settings… and then you enable it on in the Hangouts app’s settings.

      • Dan

        that must be it, google voice is not available in Canada 🙁

      • easy solution – quit being a dirty filthy Canadian 😉

      • workin

        Works fine since long time ago in pristine, healthy canada, eh! Google voice plugin worked for years on Canadian laptops. Can’t quite determine this article unless it’s just a little late…

  • Saul

    I have been able to make phone calls to any US/CAD and to call anyone that has the app since I installed the app many months ago? What’s new here? Maybe the app no longer needs you to have a Google Voice Account?

  • Interesting that the Google Voice app was also updated today with a new iOS 7 design and refreshed app icon. What’s the strategy if Google is shuttering Voice? Are they slowly trying to merge the two to make the transition as seemless as possible?

    • David

      My GV is still version 1.5 from 2013? No update is shown yet in itunes.

    • mrl09

      yup just updated also…

  • JRnyc

    so does this have all the functionality of Google voice now?

    • Saul

      I see nothing different. I think the only difference actually is that you can call any country if you pay for credits to other countries. US/CAD are still free. Other than that I see nothing new

  • Dave De Smet

    Shouldn’t be “new (left) vs. old (right)” instead of “old (left) vs. new (right)”?

  • Tony R. Ski

    U have been able to call on the hangouts app for iphone for at least a year now, nothing new there. Android has not been able to

  • Virgil Vergara

    I was able to do hangouts for several months now on my ipad and iphone. Is there something new here?