What The Updated Google Hangout Signifies

Google Hangouts has got a huge update, including Google Voice integration, which allows users to send and receive text and phone calls through the Hangouts app. Coming right on the heels of Apple’s newly announced support of WiFi calling, this updates signals Google’s desire to unite its fractured chat services and build an integrated IM system that can run across devices in order to compete with Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime.