Apps & Software

Google Hangouts for iOS updated to v1.3, brings free calling in Canada and USA

Google Hangouts for iOS has been updated to version 1.3 and welcomes a solid new feature with Google Voice integration. The app is free to download — available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch — and you can now make free calls via a WiFi connection to anywhere in Canada or the United States, so there’s no need for a carrier long distance plan.

Users with existing Google Voice numbers will make and receive calls from that number, while new users will have their calls show up as “Unknown.” While it’s not exactly Google Voice for Canadians, it’s a good start.

Here’s the full change log:

– See which of your friends is using Hangouts, and who can be reached right now
– Call phone numbers from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (free to the US and Canada)
– Make and receive calls using your Google Voice number
– Send and receive animated GIFs that play inline
– Hangouts will temporarily turn down your music (instead of stopping it) when you receive an incoming message

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(Thanks to everyone who sent this in!)