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.
And this is what Google Voice previously looked like.
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.