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The Google Hangouts iOS app received a major update on Friday, with the latest iteration bringing free in-app voice calling to numbers within the U.S. and Canada, as well as incoming call support to a user's Google Voice number.

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Google Hangouts for iOS version 1.3.0 allows iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners to place in-app phone calls to any number in the United States and Canada. The new feature brings the software in line with Google Hangouts for desktop computers, which already boasts the functionality.

For now, free calling is limited to North America, though international calls can be made for a fee. In addition, users can now receive calls to their Google Voice numbers, which can be setup to ring the app directly.

Finally, the messaging side of the app now supports inline animated GIFs, while incoming messages will only pause music instead of stopping the track completely.

Google Hangouts for iOS is a free 12.5MB download from the App Store.
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I already can make free calls both foreign and domestic using FaceTime. Nothing new here for me.
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I already can make free calls both foreign and domestic using FaceTime. Nothing new here for me.

I had no idea that was possible - how can I ring someones landline using FaceTime?

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Not needed on iOS.

 

FaceTime Voice is built-in and perfectly integrated.  Thank You.

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I already can make free calls both foreign and domestic using FaceTime. Nothing new here for me.

 

 

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I had no idea that was possible - how can I ring someones landline using FaceTime?

 

You cannot (unless the person who receives the call has FaceTime).

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You cannot (unless the person who receives the call has FaceTime).

 

Who the hell wants to talk to an Android user?

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Damn, that's a nice feature. Presumably Google's paying for the calls, but will this be profitable enough (in terms of advertising impressions or data) to justify rolling it out outside the US? We'll have to wait and see. I also can't imagine the carriers are very happy about this.

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I am a foreigner and have a google voice number via my friend. This is nice to me as apparently I got a US "mobile" number on my iPhone and my friend & business partner can ring me without paying long distance fee.
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Damn, that's a nice feature. Presumably Google's paying for the calls, but will this be profitable enough (in terms of advertising impressions or data) to justify rolling it out outside the US? We'll have to wait and see. I also can't imagine the carriers are very happy about this.

I would actually think they love it. Most carriers have gone to (and are pushing) their mobile share plans. These plans have unlimited calls and texts, but charge for data. This (along with FaceTime and iMessage) uses data. So it is a win for them.
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How long before DED writes a giant article about how Hangouts on iOS got free voice calling before Hangouts on Android and that Android is terrible because of it and then throws in a bunch of unrelated things as well while citing himself as his reference?  :lol:

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Hey AI... There a reason why you're not reporting on this:

http://www.apple.com/support/macbookair-flashdrive/

I'd say a big recall of a major product is pretty newsworthy.
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Does anyone understand what Google's strategy is? I don't. They just seem to look for anything that technological change has made possible to now do for free, and do it.

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Does anyone understand what Google's strategy is? I don't. They just seem to look for anything that technological change has made possible to now do for free, and do it.

That is their MO. Though it looks like they put in the effort to make that software as ugly and unintuitive as possible.
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Does anyone understand what Google's strategy is? I don't. They just seem to look for anything that technological change has made possible to now do for free, and do it.
Free today yes, build up user base, then target with ads etc., ads is where they make their money.,,
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It is a big recall? It's not effecting my laptop. Yours? Or are you just being pissy and happy to see a first rate company assist with not so regular component issues?

I would hate to be that guy constantly looking and wishing for the next guys things to break in order to justify my painfully cheap spending habits. Sorry for you.





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post #16 of 53
No thanks. Will stick with FaceTime for video calls or wifi calls and mobile or land line for all others. If YouTube wasn't part of Google I would ditch google altogether.
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You must be smoking that free junk again.

No one is gonna brag: "here first" crap with anything Android.

It only matters if you think Google and "free"
mean value and you don't care about privacy issues. Most 'droid users happily trade privacy for a free cup of coffee, atleast they all have a place to go to.

Social (anything) is always associated with free. You already know that so why play coy and suggest Apple and FREE TO ANYBODY go together.

No thank you, I'm great with FaceTime technology. Safe and Secure.

Google can keep it's hands off my personal conversations. Lolol!

Keep losing FTL

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How long before DED writes a giant article about how Hangouts on iOS got free voice calling before Hangouts on Android and that Android is terrible because of it and then throws in a bunch of unrelated things as well while citing himself as his reference?  lol.gif
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Free today yes, build up user base, then target with ads etc., ads is where they make their money.,,

Yes, if you make your money with ads, then looking for free things to pin them on makes sense...

 

But then that should make Google fairly predictable to a company like Apple that is in California and has their finger on the tech pulse, because they will know what tech changes are coming soon, and therefore what will soon possibly be free that wasn't before.

post #19 of 53
Apple should stop being lazy and add land line calling to FaceTime Audio, sorta what they did for iMessage/SMS
So would be same as the hangouts but without privacy issues and one less reason to install a google app.
post #20 of 53
Works great so far. I set it up on my mom's ipad4 so she can talk and text my sister who has a gs3.
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Originally Posted by jason98 View Post
Apple should stop being lazy and add land line calling to FaceTime Audio, sorta what they did for iMessage/SMS

 

Yes. It’s “laziness” that prevents them from doing this. Not hundreds of regulations, millions in fees, and forcing FaceTime to be a paid service for the first time ever.

 

Come on.

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Does anyone understand what Google's strategy is? I don't. They just seem to look for anything that technological change has made possible to now do for free, and do it.

 

They're doing it in the hopes of driving out competition over a 5-10 year period. After they own the markets they're monopolizing, they'll charge whatever they want and make a profit. Same as Amazon. I don't give either of these companies my business unless absolutely necessary.

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No thanks. Will stick with FaceTime for video calls or wifi calls and mobile or land line for all others. If YouTube wasn't part of Google I would ditch google altogether.

 

Keep in mind that Hangouts, on computers, phones, and tablets, can accommodate up to ten people at a time. As the primary speaker changes, the image on the device changes to correspond to the speaker.

 

It is pretty good.

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Who the hell wants to talk to an Android user?

Emmm, do you understand what VOIP is? This allows you to call any phone number (smartphone, dumb phone, rotary dial phone etc) via the hangout app, including long distance, for FREE.

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Emmm, do you understand what VOIP is? This allows you to call any phone number (smartphone, dumb phone, rotary dial phone etc) via the hangout app, including long distance, for FREE.

I've heard that Google has pretty good voice recognition capabilities. I wonder if they are listening in on your conversations.

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Since I rarely use face time, has anyone fond a way t suppress it in Contacts?  I'd prefer to reduce clutter on my Contacts display by supressing/not displaying things that I rarely use.

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I've heard that Google has pretty good voice recognition capabilities. I wonder if they are listening in on your conversations.

Google still does voice sampling, even personalized with user permission, to improve the accuracy of it's speech recognition engine. Apple does the same via Siri. I guess it could be considered listening.
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I've heard that Google has pretty good voice recognition capabilities. I wonder if they are listening in on your conversations.

 

If you start seeing this:

 

You’ll know.

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Google still does voice sampling with user permission to improve accuracy. Apple does the same. I guess it could be considered listening.

Well they also were allowed to share user's browsing info with third parties, if the user clicked on an ad... or not. Submitting a form in the background using JS without user permission could be considered illegal, or wait, it was ruled as such and they were fined. I like Google software, but their ethics sometimes leaves a bit to be desired like drive by scraping home wifi user data, etc.

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Well they also were allowed to share user's browsing info with third parties, if the user clicked on an ad... or not. Submitting a form in the background using JS without user permission could be considered illegal, or wait, it was ruled as such and they were fined. I like Google software, but their ethics sometimes leaves a bit to be desired like drive by scraping home wifi user data, etc.

Apple allows users "anonymized" information to be shared with 3rd parties. That anonymized info can include your general location, what you do for a living, household dynamics and a few other things some of us might not consider "anonymized" when talking about other companies. What Google collects and how it's permitted to be used is not really any different than what Apple collects and how it's permitted to be used.

The only difference IMO is that some assume if Apple does it then it's for good reasons that shouldn't be open to question while if Google does the same it's with evil intent and malice.
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Apple allows users "anonymized" information to be shared with 3rd parties. That anonymized info can include your general location, what you do for a living, household dynamics and a few other things some of us might not consider "anonymized" when talking about other companies. What Google collects and how it's permitted to be used is not really any different than what Apple collects and how it's permitted to be used.

I was just mentioning the illegal activities that Google has been caught doing. I'm not sure what Apple has to do with any of that.

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I was just mentioning the illegal activities that Google has been caught doing. I'm not sure what Apple has to do with any of that.

Apple has been accused of privacy violations too. Search "Apple sued for privacy violations". Do accusations make it true? Further does the lack of a guilty verdict attached to accusations mean everything was hunky-dory in the first place and there's no reasons to be concerned whether it's Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple or Google? I think you'd like things to be black and white like in the old movies. It's not.
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I like Google software, but their ethics sometimes leaves a bit to be desired like drive by scraping home wifi user data, etc.

Putting it mildly!
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I'm not sure what Apple has to do with any of that.

Nothing, obviously.
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Hey AI... There a reason why you're not reporting on this:

http://www.apple.com/support/macbookair-flashdrive/

I'd say a big recall of a major product is pretty newsworthy.

From the articles that I have read on the subject you install a firmware update and then it determines if the flash drive needs to be replaced.  Not all drives need to be replaced. Lol blame samsung because most of the flash drives are made by them.  Either way you just unplug it and plug in a new one.  Big Deal.

Not really noteworthy at all.

And for your info they did report on it right here:  http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/10/17/apple-issues-macbook-air-firmware-update-to-check-test-for-ssd-failures

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From the articles that I have read on the subject you install a firmware update and then it determines if the flash drive needs to be replaced.  Not all drives need to be replaced. Lol blame samsung because most of the flash drives are made by them.
I think these came from Toshiba didn't they?
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Yes. It’s “laziness” that prevents them from doing this. Not hundreds of regulations, millions in fees, and forcing FaceTime to be a paid service for the first time ever.

 

Come on.

 

What are you talking about? If google or even small app developers like TextFree can do it, then surely Apple can do it too and offer it for free at least for US calls.

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What are you doing with Google in Dutch?

Took her out on a date, made her pay. Only seemed appropriate, the little slut she is.

With so few people living in Dutch-land, I certainly hope I don't know her!
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I've tried this but the Google Voice app already allows me to make cellular calls and since I have unlimited minutes I don't care about making wifi calls. It doesn't allow you to receive your sms messages from the same number within the app so it is pointless. Then on top of that I'd have to ignore the 600+ people I have as friends on FB with whom I message through that app and go try to hang at Google+ which is a ghost town.

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People still talk on telephones?
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I've heard that Google has pretty good voice recognition capabilities. I wonder if they are listening in on your conversations.

 

They do, via software.  The software filters keywords and may use those to target ads toward you.  It also (if you so choose) will transcribe any voice messages you receive into an email and send that to you- so you can get voice messages people leave you in either voice format and/or as an email.

 

If that creeps you out, you probably shouldn't use it.  Apple collects similar information too, but gets a pass from most of its users.  If you somehow avoid both of them, the carriers like AT&T do it too.  It is pretty tough to escape, but about the only way to do it these days is go live in a cave.

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