Google made a lot of noise last week during its I/O Conference with changes to Google Hangouts, the video conferencing service that allows users to interact with each other in groups, including sharing computer screens. The release of new Hangouts specific apps for mobile devices was received by mostly positive reviews.
One of critical feedback points regarding Hangouts, however, has come in the form of the lack of integration with Google Voice, Google’s service that allows users to call any phone in the world. This week, Nikhyl Singhal, a product manager at Google, brought some appeasement to those who want Voice to become more a part of Hangouts, when he posted on Google Plus that not only is a tighter integration between the two services coming soon — the products will someday be married.
“Hangouts is designed to be the future of Google Voice,” Singhal wrote in his post. “Making/receiving phone calls is just the beginning. Future versions of Hangouts will integrate Google Voice more seamlessly.”
Singhal noted that Hangouts does not support outbound calls either through the web or the service’s Chrome extension. Users can receive inbound calls through their Google Voice number, he added, but work is continuing to support inbound and outbound calls through Hangouts. Singhal’s post received hundreds of comments, the overwhelming majority of which expressed excitement about the future addition to the Hangouts platform.