Google WiFi calling for Android Launched today

Robin Lewis

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/hangouts/S8afS2dJBnI

Starting today, you’ll be able to make voice calls from Hangouts on Android, iOS, and the web! Calls in the U.S. and Canada are free and international rates are low as ever.

To enable this new feature, visit the Play store and download the new Hangouts dialer, and also be sure to update your Hangouts version to 2.3.75067996. Check the official blogpost here!

 

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  • Comment author
    Robin Lewis

    If your looking for the 2.3 Hangouts apk to go with the new Hangouts dialer,  here is a post from Google's VP of engineering Chee Chew with a link to it.

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CheeChew/posts/eaZ9wzPxtmm

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  • Comment author
    Robin Lewis

    Here's a list of all published help center articles for your reference.

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  • Comment author
    John Light

    Thanks for the heads up.  One of my phones got the update without problems and i am testing it out.  Other phones are not given the option to update Hangouts app yet.

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  • Comment author
    Robin Lewis

    The new version 2.3 has completely rolled out and is now available everywhere.

    Note that your phone must run 4.0.3 and up.

    I don't know if Google has any plans on doing anything about getting Hangouts to the older Android versions

    I know a lot of older phones still work fine. I have a Samsung on Gingerbread that works great and the battery last for days on a charge that I still have activated on a "freebie" plan that I can't let go of 

     

     

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  • Comment author
    D C

    Robin,

    Thanks for the good info.  Do you know if I have to be logged into my Gmail account to use the Hangouts Dialer and call over Wi-Fi?  I don't have to be logged in to use SMS texting so I don't log in unless I have a specific reason to do so.

    DC

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  • Comment author
    Ron Limbach

    It doesn't work on my galaxy s epic 4g D700

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  • Comment author
    Robin Lewis

    Ron:

    I hate to give up anything that still works too.

    I see that you addressed that a few days ago on another thread, I can't add any different suggestions that would result in a different outcome.

     

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  • Comment author
    Bruce Osborne

    I agree that the Epic 4G is a great phone, except for battery life & GPS. My Nexus 5 battery lasts *mush* longer. I am at 80 - 90% at the end of the day.

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  • Comment author
    Robin Lewis

    ....80 - 90% at the end of the day......

    I'm lucky to be at 90% between the time I unplug the charger, get a cup of coffee and sit down. 

    lemmy see that phone,    I'll give it back,    I promise. :)

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  • Comment author
    Bruce Osborne

    I know. I was amazed too. My Epic started having random reboots & occasional lookups as apps were updated. I was running stock Gingerbread and I think the updates were not tested with the older OS. I also found some apps I could not text for work due to the old OS. I was sorry to retire the phone and still am not totally comfortable with the virtual keyboard. I figured the larger phone would make things a little easier to work with.

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  • Comment author
    Ron Limbach

    I guess I don't understand technology.  I have a galaxy s epic 4g d700.  Im running android version 2.3.6.  Also using gingerbread (not sure how to find what version), but when I download hangouts from google play it only downloads hangouts 2.1 and when I look up hangouts dialer it won't show up at all.  Is it possible at all to get hangout dialer on my phone.  Any and all help would be appreciated since I'm confused on all of this. 

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  • Comment author
    Bruce Osborne

    The Hangouts Dialer requires Android 4.0.3 at a minimum. The stock Epic ROM updates ended at 2.3.6

    The latest stable CyanogenMod version for this phone is CM 10.1.3 available at http://get.cm/get/b4W 

    This is Android version 4.2.2, butI have not tried this. Voicemail notifications may not work with this ROM.

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  • Comment author
    Bruce Osborne

    Here is more official installation information.

    http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Epicmtd_Info

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  • Comment author
    Debra Brown

    Ting is charging me for my google hangouts text messages, and I don't understand why when it goes through wifi.. 

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  • Comment author
    Christopher Beyer

    Hi Debra,

    You can use the Hangouts app to send and receive text messages from you mobile number, but these text messages are just regular text messages that are sent over Sprints cellular network.  They are not using your wifi connection.  You can use the Hangouts app to send a Hangouts message.  A hangouts messages is a message sent to someone else also using the Hangouts app, this is not a text message that is sent to a cell phone number.  Hangouts messages uses your data connection (wifi or cellular data).  You can also use the Hangouts app to see a text message from your Google voice message.  Sending a text message from your Google voice message uses a data connection (wifi or celluar data).

    So to sum it up, if you are using Hangouts to send/receive text message from your cell phone number, this counts towards your text messages.  This is not a data messaging service.

     

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  • Comment author
    Debra Brown

    I sent a message from google voice earlier, and it charged me. I disabled hangouts. So are the calls placed through google voice free. I was texting a lot last night thinking it was free, and it didn't update until this morning. I had sent/rec 77 messages. So hard to tell when the system doesn't update until hours later.

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  • Comment author
    Christopher Beyer

    if you are sending messages from your Google Voice number, then that uses you data connection (wifi or cellular data) and does not count as a text message.  My guess is that you are sending the text messages from your cell number and not your Google Voice number.  Hangouts isn't the most user friendly, you really need to pay attention so you know which type of message you are sending.  You need to look in the box where you type the message, if you are sending it from your Google Voice number, then it will say "Send SMS to 555-555-5555 from my Google Voice Number"  If it doesn't say you are sending it from your Google Voice number, then it is considered a text message from your cell number and counts as a text.

    Voice calls from your Google Voice number through Hangouts counts as data. If you are on WiFi, then the call is free.  If you are placing the call while not on WiFi, then the call is counted against your data usage.  

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  • Comment author
    Debra Brown

    thanks for responding. I have cut off my data usage since I am always near wifi, regardless of where I go. I have not connected my google voice to my mobile phone number in anyway, but it is using the plan. I can't figure it out.. I strictly went into google voice and sent out the message...  The blue chat bubble/voice as the icon..

     

     

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