Hangouts Dialer

I have a galaxy s phone with ting, google voice.  I would like to also use hangouts and hangouts dialer as my main phone call usage.  However, when I go to download hangouts dialer app it says my phone is not compatible.  Any ideas how to get this to work

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  • The Galaxy S is not compatible as the last official update was to 2.3.5 (Gingerbread). The earliest in that series that is supported is the S II, as it was upgraded to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). All versions of the S III (shipped with 4.0.4 ICS), S4 (shipped 4.2.2 JB), and S5 (shipped 4.4.2 Kit Kat) are supported. If you do in fact have a Galaxy S, I hear that there's Cyanogenmod for that device... Install the version for the board name epicmtd (I believe you'd have the Epic 4G if you were here with a Galaxy S) The current version for that model appears to be 4.4.4.

    If you have an S II, simply upgrade to the latest stock firmware. If you need to, you can have Samsung's Kies software do the upgrade.

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  • Ron,

    You could do what I did. I moved from the Galaxy S Epic 4G to the Nexus 5.

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  • Joshua how do I install the version epicmtd 4.4.4

     

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  • Hey Ting.  A blog post about the new Hangouts Dialer would be great.  I just started using it and I love it.  I can finally picture message with my Google Voice number! (It still doesn't work with Version or ATT customers from what I understand, but who cares about them anyway?)

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  • I bought a Boost Mobile Moto G on sale at Radio Shack last week (missed the better sale at Target by a day - darn) and activated it on the Ting network.  Everything went smoothly, then I started looking for VoIP options. I use Vonage at home, so I installed the Vonage Extensions app.  It works great, but only works for outgoing calls.  I also have a Skype subscription that lets me call regular phone numbers, not just devices with the Skype app running. I also have an income Skype telephone number to receive calls.  That works fairly well for calls in both directions.

    Then Google updated the Hangouts app and added the Hangouts Dialer app (which once installed works as part of the Hangouts app).  This may be the best VoIP solution of all.  Calls to my Google Voice number ring on my Moto G and I can make outgoing calls easily because the app accesses my Contacts or I can key in a number.

    As I understand the new Dialer app making calls from Hangouts, it is true VoIP using the data network unlike using Google Voice, which placed calls over the voice network.  Can anyone confirm this for me?

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  • On Thursday, I got the updated Hangouts and the dialer. I then made a call to Canada using Wi-Fi. I do not see the call on my Ting dashboard, so it must have not used minutes.

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  • Perfect, thanks.  I guess I now have three decent ways to make VoIP calls from my Moto G using Ting data and two decent ways to receive calls.  Nice!

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  • A few moments after the official release of the Hangouts Dialer I posted links to all the updated help documentation for the new Hangouts apk here in the forum.  

    Here is a link...to the links  https://help.ting.com/entries/98528573-Google-WiFi-calling-for-Android-Launched-today

     

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  • In order to install CyanogenMod 11, you can follow the instructions at http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Install_CM_for_epicmtd. I'll repeat them here with later versions of files mentioned.

    1. **You will need a custom recovery. **The Epic 4G is compatible with the Heimdall Suite utility. It is at http://glassechidna.com.au/heimdall/#downloads. Once it's installed, you'll then need a recovery.
      CyanogenMod, at the link at the top, mentions a particular recovery. I'll have you use a later version from http://www.clockworkmod.com/rommanager.

    If you have a slide-out keyboard: Download http://download2.clockworkmod.com/recoveries/recovery-clockwork-5.0.2.7-epic4g.zip, and unzip so that the img file is named recovery.img

    **If it's touchscreen only: **Download http://download2.clockworkmod.com/recoveries/recovery-clockwork-5.0.2.7-epic4gtouch.zip or http://download2.clockworkmod.com/recoveries/recovery-clockwork-touch-5.8.1.5-epic4gtouch.zip. The first one is like the version for the slide-out keyboard version, it uses physical controls. The second one is a touchscreen version, using the touchscreen to control the recovery. Extract as mentioned above.

    a) Boot into download mode by pressing the 1 key and Power. Accept the disclaimer.

    b) Read the "Flashing with Heimdall" section at the link at the top of this reply.

    c) Execute "heimdall flash --RECOVERY recovery.img --no-reboot", making sure you're in the folder of the IMG file, and that Heimdall is in your PATH.

    d) *DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING WHILE IT FLASHES. *

    e) Boot into recovery by pressing Vol Down, Camera, and Power. If you boot into the system first, you have to restart from 1a.

    f) Tell recovery to reboot into the system.
    2. Now with the recovery installed, you can download CyanogenMod and Google Apps. You need the first at minimum, but the Google Apps package will give you the Play Store and the other Google apps.

    Download http://itvends.com/gapps/gapps-kk-20140606-signed.zip. If you run out of space in system, you might want to use http://itvends.com/gapps/gapps-kk-20140105-signed.zip. You might want to download both, but you can use the browser to get the other file if you only have the operating system.

    Download http://download.cyanogenmod.org/get/jenkins/83659/cm-11-20140915-NIGHTLY-epicmtd.zip. You must install this file at minimum.
    3. With the OS and Google Apps downloaded, reboot into recovery.
    4. OPTIONAL: You can use the recovery's tools to back up your stock ROM.
    5. Clear Cache and Data, and Install Cyanogenmod first, then Google Apps.
    6. Reboot into CyanogenMod, then go through the setup process. You have CyanogenMod!

     

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  • Thanks Joshua, but it seems like a lot of work and tinkering with my phone and such.  I guess I will just wait for Ting to come out with VOIP.  Hopefully, very soon

    Thanks

    Ron

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  • There is no guarantee that any Ting VoIP solution would work smoothly on a phone that is now considered old. I was having random reboot issues with my Epic, likely due to app updates not compatible with Gingerbread. That is why I moved to the Nexus 5. I hated losing the physical keyboard, but there is no longer any good keyboard phones.

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  • Yeah, it's complicated if you're not experienced with modding phones. I learned from when I had the Galaxy Tab 10.1, my first Android device. Bruce's idea to move to another phone is better in that case. The Nexus 5 is a model nearing the end of it's first year, and being the latest of the Nexus series, is almost pure Android. (I also have that phone)

    I haven't heard of any Immediate plans for VoIP from Ting.

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  • From what I can tell, Ting is moving slowly on VoIP, but, knowing Ting, they will eventually get it to work well.

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  • Joshua I did start to do your steps the other day and part way thru my phone said not enough memory.  Can I download all this and then transfer it all to my phone.  If so, can you show me the steps.  I would switch phones, but looking at upgraded phones they are very expensive.  I just like the idea of hangouts dialer.  I tried ring.to as a voip and it sucked.  And yes I'm new to all this cell phone tinkering and such.

    Thanks

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