While we’re still waiting for the famed Google Voice integration into Hangouts, the service is at least getting a small update on October 1, at the very least to remind us that Google hasn’t and isn’t abandoning it. Desktop users who log into Google Voice on the web will see the message above, alerting them to new voicemail security changes.
First, users checking their Google voicemails should call from one of the forwarding phones that they have set up on the desktop interface. If you call from a number that Google doesn’t recognize, you will subsequently be prompted to enter a verified number. Second, PIN codes can now be up to ten digits long, instead of only four.
The Google Voice Android app hasn’t been updated since April, and I don’t expect that this will require any app updates of any sort. I just wish that the Hangouts team at Google would just figure out how to integrate the two systems, and pull Voice out from what feels like limbo.[Google]