Google Voice 1.6 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Almost a year following the public release of iOS 7, Google Voice has finally been refreshed with the revamped user interface to match Apple’s guidelines for iOS 7 development.

Now available in the App Store, Google Voice 1.6 also brings support for Google Voice integration in Hangouts and the obligatory bug fixes and performance improvements.

Earlier this morning, the search company issued an update to Hangouts for the iPhone and iPad which enabled free and low-cost VoIP calling to your Hangouts friends and mobile/landline numbers around the world.

Note that the VoIP and telephony application now requires iOS 6 or higher. As you can see, the interface has been flattened and refreshed to match iOS 7 styling.

Google Voice 1.6 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

And this is what Google Voice previously looked like.

Google Voice 1.5 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

By routing voice and texts through Hangouts rather then Google Voice, the Internet giant is inching closer to achieving a unifying messaging and VoIP experience.

If you opt in to receive SMS and Voicemail in Hangouts, you’ll still be able to access your old messages in the Google Voice web app. However, you won’t be receiving messages anymore in the Google Voice app after your texts and voicemail start to get routed to Hangouts.

It’s all part of Google’s plan to actually axe the Voice service and focus on Hangouts and its VoIP-to-phones integration.

Google Voice 1.6 changelog:

  • Updated user interface to match iOS7 guidelines
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancements
  • Support for Google Voice integration in Hangouts
  • Requires iOS6 and higher

The 3.8-megabyte download is optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch.

[App Store]

  • Wait… If they are keeping Google Voice, why the hell they are adding calls to Hangouts?

    • Jonathan

      Voice is for texting phones, Hangouts is for texting Hangouts people, and calling any number. That’s what I’ve seen from it. I could be wrong. Hangouts may be able to text anyone now. I’m not sure.

      • T_Will

        It looks like Hangouts can call and receive calls from land lines now.

      • Jonathan

        It’s had that capability for quite some time now.

      • T_Will

        It has??

        “Earlier this morning, the search company issued an update to Hangouts for the iPhone andiPad which enabled free and low-cost VoIP calling to your Hangouts friends and mobile/landline numbers around the world.”

      • Jonathan

        Maybe it’s around the world then. But I’ve called my house before and it went through.

  • Sandeep Roy

    This just proves- one more thing – again – iOS 6 still beats iOS 7 in terms of Readability

    • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

      How

      • Sandeep Roy

        Download screenshot images of 6 & 7 from the article, open in your iPhone & view from some(12″) distance – which is easier to read ?

      • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

        7. That’s why I am saying how. 6 looks faded

    • sharp44MAG .

      How does iOS 6 beat iOS 7 in terms of readability?

      • Sandeep Roy

        answered below

  • therealjjohnson

    They changed the icon. The new icon is horrible.

    • Jonathan

      lol I love it.

    • Mike Malloy

      Agree…want to change this..

  • Dee Ster

    just in time for iOS 8 next week.

  • Johnny Tucats

    I use GV as a business line. Hangouts is a PITA to use to dial people from my iPhone’s contact list (which is my google contact list). To get someone in the Hangouts list I have to do something like “friend” them which I ain’t gonna do. It’s all too “facebooky” to me.

  • What

    Unfinished and ugly 🙁

  • ap3604

    “If you opt in to receive SMS and Voicemail in Hangouts, you’ll still be able to access your old messages in the Google Voice web app. However, you won’t be receiving messages anymore in the Google Voice app after your texts and voicemail start to get routed to Hangouts.”

    – How do I do this? I had both apps on my phone already and after updating both I’m still not getting any SMS in my Hangouts app.

    “Earlier this morning, the search company issued an update to Hangouts for the iPhone and iPad which enabled free and low-cost VoIP calling to your Hangouts friends and mobile/landline numbers around the world.”

    – What are you talking about? Hangouts has already had this capability for months now. I’ve used it for the last 4 months to make free calls to any number.

  • Jae. Just J.

    According to google support page, SMS is not available on Hangouts app for iOS yet. Just the calling. Probably would have been nice to mention that in this article since it’s an iOS site. 🙂

    • ap3604

      Yeah, seems like iDB might have simply read this information on a tech blog (covering the android version) and posted it here like it was the same thing.

  • Mike Malloy

    hi…I have very little clue on how to do this, but trying to change the iOS7 icon. I fine the AppIcon29x29.png and AppIcon29x29@2x.png icons and not sure if these are the files I can overwrite with another icon I want to use from iOS6 Carbonx GV. Thanks. Also, will post this Q in Reddit.