Google Hangouts has been updated tonight, and includes a pretty big new feature. The app allows users to call US and Canada numbers from the iOS app completely free. Users can also make international calls, but there will be a fee for those calls. For users with a Google Voice account, they can call, as well as receive calls through the app now as well. Below is the changelog from the App Store.
What’s New in Version 1.3.0
- 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
For users of the Hangouts app, this is a pretty big update as it now allows outgoing calls. To get the app, or to update it, head on over to the App Store.