When Hangouts finally merged voice calls into the service, it meant an easier time for people who wanted to make calls from the web to other users in their network. The desktop version of Hangouts got the voice call treatment as well, and it has made for quite the simple task to place phone calls for anyone who may work on the computer all day. The only downside for some may have been the connection speed inside of other Google apps like Gmail and Inbox where Hangouts contacts are merged and calls can also be placed. Today Google is beginning to send out an update that will make those connection speeds faster.
This will improve the overall speed of placing and connecting a call when making Hangouts voice calls from within both Gmail and Inbox, as well as the Chrome Hangouts app. The update was outed by Google product manager Mark Chang, who also notes that answering phone calls from incoming Google Voice calls will now be quicker as well. Those who may have used Google's Hangouts voice calls from the desktop before have probably noticed that there was a slight delay between hitting the answer button to bring up an incoming voice call and when the call actually picks up, and with the latest update things should be a little snappier in this regard, which will certainly make the overall experience a little better.
If you're not using Hangouts voice calls on the desktop then the change may not affect you. Chang mentions a couple of quick tips for making voice calls within the Gmail tab as well as from the Hangouts Chrome app, simply click on the phone tab in Gmail or search by number if that happens to be a little more familiar for you. The updates are scheduled to roll out over the few days so it's possible that you might not notice the change right away. Rest assured though, they are coming and should be here before the end of the weekend for everybody. Those who already see the update can try placing a call and see how much of a change there actually is.