Why Google Killing Google Voice Would be Fantastic

By Eric Limer on at

Brace yourself Google Voice fanboys, your treasured service is probably not long for this world. But don't you worry; the sooner it's dead the better we'll all be.

Reports are coming in from 9to5Google that everyone's favourite search engine is about to bring the axe down on its long-neglected phone service. That should come as no surprise as it's been leading Voice to the chopping block for ages.

The good news though, 9to5Google reports, is that all your favourite Voice features will be transplanted to a service Google actually gives a damn about: Hangouts. That means loyal Voice users will simply be able to jump ship to Hangouts, meanwhile gaining features like VOIP calls from mobile devices—something iOS users have already tasted, but Android users have been left without. Plus, Hangouts would have more resources dedicated to it -- great news considering the wide number of territories Hangouts works in.

There's no word on timing, but Google I/O is on the horizon, which makes a great opportunity for Google to showcase Hangouts' new superpowers while quietly putting Voice out of its misery backstage. And if you're quaking at the thought of saying goodbye to old pal Google Voice read our earlier article and soon you'll be clamouring for its head like you should be.