Google has announced that their research labs have introduced some new models to power Google’s voice search function and dictation on smartphones thanks to the adoption of Connectionist Temporal Classification (CTC) and sequence discriminative training techniques that make up a form of Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs). The RNN model replaces the Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) that Google adopted in 2012 to replace the Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) that had been the industry standard for the previous 30 years. Google says the new technology will produce more accurate results, even in noisy environments, and can produce those results much more quickly. Read more
Google today took to its official blog to announce that Google Voice voicemails are now 49 percent less confusing, thanks to user-submitted feedback. Google Voice is notorious for creating terrible transcriptions from voicemails, but things might just be getting better.
When Google announced Project Fi, there were some concerns over its compatibility with Google Voice. It was clarified that if you ported your GV number over to Fi, you’d keep all of your texts, call logs, and other Voice settings, but you were going to lose tons of functionality that many users were probably familiar with, especially when it came to Google Talk and Google Voice apps. Read more
The dream mobile carrier plan has finally come. Google’s Project Fi gives everyone (or those with a Nexus 6) an affordable option for their monthly smartphone service. I often dreamed that Google would do this and they finally came through. However, you might not be too excited if you’re a Google Voice user.
Google just recently enabled MMS support for North American Google Voice users, but it looks like the service is already seeing its first hiccup. Many users are reporting being unable to send any MMS messages, and Google has acknowledged that its a problem on the official support site. Fortunately, SMS messages seem like they’re okay, so if you’re solely using a GV number, you’re not totally up the creek until this gets fixed.
Hopefully Google will get the problem sorted out sooner rather than later, but if you want to keep up with the progress, you can find the thread below. Read more
Last week, Google Voice users noticed that MMS messages were working on Verizon Wireless. Today, it was officially announced, and Google Voice also got another very cool update for all users. Native MMS support for photo messaging has been added, meaning that users will no longer get a SMS with a link.
You need to obviously opt in to Google Voice in Hangouts. Once you have done that, just attach photos to any SMS message, and it will be delivered as a native MMS. Those of you waiting for group messaging, have no fear because Google said it will be enabled in a future update.
source: +Dylan Salisbury
About a month ago, many Google Voice users were ecstatic when Google announced that Google Voice users on 100 North American carriers can finally receive MMS messages. However, one very notable carrier was missing from that list. Yup, you guess it….Verizon Wireless.
Well Verizon customers shouldn’t feel left out in the cold any longer. It appears that Verizon and Google quietly resolved the situation since a few users are reporting that things appear to be working fine now.
If you’re a Verizon customer, does this news inspire you to switch to Google Voice?
Alex Wiesen, a lead manager with Google’s Google Voice team, announced today that MMS support within Google Voice is now live for almost 100 North American based carriers. To the dismay of many people, the list of carriers that gave the go ahead to roll out this update does not include Verizon. Customers on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S. as well as Rogers, Bell Canada and Telus in Canada will have this new option available to them. Read more
Its been in the rumor mill for a long time, and to some extent has already begun, but now its official, Google have integrated Google Voice into Hangouts, allowing you to access Google Voice messages and voicemail inside Google’s popular messaging app. While the integration is in its earliest stages, it is nice to see Google consolidating the popular services.
We already know that Google has been working for a while now on completely migrating the functions of Google Voice into Hangouts, so that it can merge most of its communication apps into one (besides Gmail).
We’re getting closer to that reality now, as Google has added support for making phone calls via Hangouts from the Google Voice website — and you don’t even need Google+.