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It seems like every day there's another announcement about Google disabling this or that and wanting us to move to a different product.  At this point I'm very confused so hopefully someone can look at my setup and tell me what I need to do.

  1. I have a Google Voice number for my cell phone.
  2. I use Chrome on my PC and have Hangouts (or Chat) visible in the Chrome left sidebar.
  3. When I get a phone call or text to my GV number, I get a popup in that Gmail window.
  4. I can answer the phone call or reply to the text by clicking in the popup window.
  5. When I get a phone call I get an email sent to my Gmail account that shows it either as missed or that there's a voicemail message.  The VM gets translated and included in the email. 
  6. If I get a text I also get an email notification with the content of the text.
  7. I can initiate an outgoing phone call in a number of ways from the same place.

So when all of these new changes come around in January, what will I need to do to keep all of these capabilities or will I lose some functionality no matter what? 

I see a lot of info out there but it seems like much of it doesn't apply because of #1, using Google Voice for my cell phone.  I think previously Hangouts was still the only way to get text messages to a GV number but now that Google is going to nuke it completely I haven't seen any info specific to this issue.
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