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.
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+.
Ever since we first got wind of Google’s Hangouts application, everyone thought it would be the one application that would unite all of Google’s messaging services. Unfortunately, it united everything but Google Voice. Now, a photo and a video has leaked showing that this feature is indeed coming to Android devices.
With each forthcoming CyanogenMod update, we see more and more welcome additions to the popular ROM— further solidifying it as perhaps the most complete ROM out there. To that end, CM’s Koushik Dutta recently confirmed that he and his team have figured out a way to actually send Google Voice messages with a more traditional SMS app:
“The app will sync your existing Google Voice messages into your messaging store. New Google SMS will be received as if it were a normal SMS. When you send a message out from your messaging app, it goes out via Google Voice.”
So there you have it folks— one of the long awaited Google Voice features is finally here for CM users. You folks getting giddy yet?
source: Koushik Dutta+
Since Google Hangouts was released last week, users haven’t been too happy with the lack of SMS and Google Voice integration. Google has already told us that SMS messaging will be included in the near future, and today a Google member is assuring us that Voice will also be a part of future versions. Nikhyl Singhal, product manager for real time communications at Google, went so far to say on his Google+ profile that Hangouts is “designed to be the future of Google Voice” and that future versions of Hangouts will integrate Google Voice more seamlessly.
In addition, the recent Gmail update that added Hangouts disabled Google Voice outbound calling. On his Google+ account, Singhal added that “outbound/inbound calls will soon be available.” It’s great to see that Google will continue working to add and restore features to their new client that users want, but with Google, it’s hard to expect anything less.
Source: +Nikhyl Singhal
We’ve seen Google push more and more for complete desktop and mobile integration through it’s popular browser, Chrome. Now, we’ve got a sneak peek at some brand new features to be debuted in Chrome OS, including some new notifications and an unnamed icon sitting pretty in the task bar. The notifications appear to pull from both Google+ and Google Voice, cleanly keeping everything in one place. As far as that mysterious icon goes, we don’t have much information on it, but since Google has a plethora of different communication apps in their portfolio, it isn’t too much of a stretch to assume it’s going to tie all of those together, or consolidate them. Personally, I think getting an application to text via your PC built into Android natively would be a great addition.
source: The Verge
Google certainly does work fast as it was just yesterday we reported the issues with Google Voice on Android 4.2 and today, Google releases an update that makes it all better. If you are lucky enough to have the LG Nexus 4 or a Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.2, you may have noticed that whenever you add recipients to a Google Voice message the app would crash. The latest update brings Google Voice to version 0.4.2.66 and helps to alleviate most, if not all of known issue for Android users on 4.2.
So if you haven’t downloaded the update yet, hit the break to get a link to the Google Play Store or by scanning the QR code below.