The Internet giant’s new updates to Hangouts and Google Voice are centered on a newly implemented integration between the two services. This integration essentially enables voice-only calls to be made directly from Hangouts, with support for calling landline and mobile numbers for free in the U.S. and Canada and for cheap in other countries.
In line with this, Google now allows users to migrate their Google Voice accounts into Hangouts.
The new version of Hangouts for iOS also includes Enterprise support via Google account login, better abuse and block handling, and bug fixes. That of Google Voice for iOS also features a long-overdue redesign for iOS 7 along with bug fixes and performance enhancements.
As mentioned, Google has also introduced iOS Sync. This is a new mobile device management tool for Google Apps, which features the following additional security measures:
- Manage Google Apps: Set a policy that prompts employees to enroll their device when they log into Google Apps such as Google Drive and Gmail.
- Configure WiFi networks: Distribute WiFi passwords and certificates to employees so they can easily connect to trusted networks.
- Support for existing policies: Manage password requirements, data encryption and camera policies, as well as actions like remotely wiping a device, activation approvals and blocking devices.
Google’s iOS Sync is set to become available beginning next week for Google Apps for Work, Google Apps for Education, and Google Apps for Government. As with other Google Apps services, administrators need to go to the admin console to enable iOS Sync.