Project Fi integration might come to Voice
According to reports, Project Fi support/integration would be one foundation feature for the new Google Voice. That feature didn’t launch last week with the reformed version 5.0 of the app, but now we do have clues that it’s under work.
- Fariha Khan
- January 31, 2017
With the release of the new Google Voice and refocus of Hangouts as a business tool, Project Fi users are in a difficult position. Allo, Duo, and Messenger are now at the head of company’s strategy, which has left Project Fi users holding on to an app that Google appears to be moving away from.
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While Google wouldn’t openly ratify that Project Fi integration is coming to Google Voice, the company mentioned that there’s a solution that is being worked upon for Fi users. Particularly, in regards to Fi support coming to Voice, we got to know that Fi users must continue to use Hangouts. However, Google is keenly developing a solution.
It does make much sense to update the new Google Voice app to be the singular home for Project Fi users. Project Fi users have had access to a number of Google Voice features: Call, text, and check voicemail on the web, access to call & message history, call blocking, and voicemail transcriptions. They’ve been generally accessible till now via Hangouts and the Phone app.
Google is refocusing Hangouts for the enterprise which is the big thing. The upcoming version of Hangouts appears likely to drop the unclear fragments of Voice integration, and Project Fi support seems to be another piece of the app that has to move away. In that case the sleek new Google Voice app appears to be a suitable home.
There’s the question of how Allo manages to get to feature parity with what Hangouts offers at the moment. We got to know that Allo would make a lot more sense under “Andromeda” but it’s still quite unsure for now what it is going to be exactly.