In rare move, Google updates Google Voice apps


Google has provided a lot of attention to a variety of apps in the realm of communication and last year even came out with new apps Allo and Duo to help people keep in touch. One app that always seemed to be forgotten though was Google Voice, which Google acknowledges has not had an update in quite a while. That will change this week as Google announced an update to the Google Voice app on several platforms that will start rolling out today.

According to Google, they have overhauled the user interface to clean things up. One of the most noticeable differences in a new inbox page where messages are segregated based on the type of communication. This new page provides tabs for phone calls, text messages, and voicemails.


Google also notes that the messages function for Google Voice now supports group and photo MMS messages. Voice also gets support for in-notification replies. Users will also find conversations are threaded to try to make it easier to keep track of an ongoing discussion.

Finally, Google indicates they are starting to provide support for Spanish voicemail transcripts.

The Google Voice platform was the search giant’s first attempt to provide a phone number that is connected to a person instead of being tied to a device or service. To help further that goal, users can access their account using apps on Android, iOS, or through a web interface on the desktop. The new features rolling out this week will apply to all of those platforms.


source: Google

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • brutusf

    Very officially excited about this! I love Google Voice and have been using it for about 5 years, if not longer. I was disappointed when I HAD to move to Hangouts. Hoping that it has all the features that I have grown to rely on with Hangouts. Can’t wait for the update!

  • Alex Roy

    i love google voice when if it is compared with cortana which is better