There’s no secret that Google plans to consolidate as much of their projects as they can. Some of us find Google Hangouts to be more of a convoluted solution than anything, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not better to have everything in one place, than to be jumping around apps for services that are similar to each other.
As a result the company has now updated their iOS app, and the changes are quite significant. You can now make phone calls directly from the app to USA & Canada numbers at no charge, and Internationally for a fee. The service actually makes your current Google Voice migration seamless since all the calls you place will use your Google Voice number. When it comes to chatting, the service also allows you to see who’s reachable, GIF animations are supported, and it integrates better with the music services that you may be using while you get a call.
We’re all expecting these updates to be all a part of Android 4.4 KitKat, even though some of these enhancements are already part of Google Hangouts on Android. We can all begin to see the slow and agonizing death of Google Voice, but hopefully for the better, and less confusing, through Hangouts.
Source: App Store