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Google Might Be Integrating Google Voice With Project Fi (Rumor)

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Last week, Google finally rolled out an update to its Google Voice application. Along with updating the app, many can't help but wonder whether this was a step Google did to move its regular users away from the much utilized app, Hangouts. After all, Google already expressed its decision of gearing Hangouts app into an enterprise-first service. Considering the fact that there are millions of people who use Hangouts regularly, they will definitely need an alternative service to help them be able to use the services once again. This is where Google Voice steps into the picture.

The only problem though is-- where does this leave Project Fi users?

As of this writing, Google devices, such as the Pixel and Pixel XL, no longer come equipped with Hangouts pre-installed into the device unless buying through Project Fi. But as it stands right now, there are still so many Project Fi users who rely on Hangouts for their daily communication. Once Hangouts has been fully shifted to the enterprise market, Google will need to have a solution available for its stream of Project Fi users. Thankfully, Google may already be a couple of steps ahead of this.

According to a source quoted by 9to5Google, there are rumors suggesting that Google plans to integrate Project Fi into Google Voice in the future. Asked about this, Google neither denied or confirmed the rumor. The company however, said they were actively "working on a solution" knowing that a lot of Project Fi customers use Hangouts. The Google Voice integration could just be that solution.


Source: XDA-Developers

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  1. How does integrating Fi into Google voice help?

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    1. It helps Google repurpose Hangouts into an enterprise app. I suspect it will also meant that Google with actively enhance, update and improve Voice when it's part of Fi which seems to be a project that, unlike Voice lately, Google is dedicated to.

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    2. It's the other way around. It sounds like Google is looking to make Voice default calling/texting application--a role Hangouts currently occupies (or at least they hope.) But atm, Google Voice does not have an accompanying dialer app; it will be interesting to see if one is developed.

      I don't use Hangouts a lot, so the only other major use for it that I'm familiar with is chat (a la Google Talk.) So if Hangouts is made an enterprise offering, what will Google push for chat--Allo?

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    3. GV has an integrated dialer on the iOS version of the GV app but for dialing cellular calls.

      in my opinion, hangouts has always been awkward beginning with its name and as part of Google+ but hangouts grew got better after being split apart from G+ yet still kept the stupid name.

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    4. Don't even get me started on the stupid limitations which had you SOL if you weren't using Google+. It essentially drove me away from Hangouts as a mobile option and even Google Chat in general right to Whatsapp.

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  2. Dialer directly in GV app and no need to route through another number would be great.

    "Hangouts" though IMO is not a very good name for a work app. When I video conference for work, I am not hanging out.

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  3. So, how would a GV dialer work? Now, when I use GV via the standard phone dialer, I know it's using minutes; when I use the Hangouts dialer, it's using VOIP (either mobile data or Wi-Fi). Would you expect a future GV Dialer to give the option?

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    1. That is the expectation based on announcements from google. See 9to5google, andriodpolice, androidauthority for some extrapolations based on announcements.

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