For almost a year, Sprint has had the monopoly on full Google Voice integration. That monopoly may be in jeopardy. In an interview with CNET, Vincent Paquet, Group Product Manager for Google Voice, said “We are having discussions with other carriers about this,” but declined to mention which carriers.
Google Voice is a service that provides users with online and on-device visual voicemail, cheaper international calls, personalized greetings, text transcription, and more. Sprint’s integration allows Sprint customers to either replace their Sprint number with their Google Voice number, or replace their Google Voice number with their Sprint number without incurring the usual $20 porting fee (see screenshot after the break). Either way, users get full access to all of Google Voice’s features.
The folks at Google have just released an update to the popular Google Voice app for ICS users everywhere. In the past, you would check the phone for missed calls, then open your Google Voice app and find the voicemail from the missed caller. Google has removed the middle step. Now, once you are in the call log, there will be an option to play the voicemail directly from the list of missed calls. Just another small detail that will make things run smoother and more efficiently during your daily activities. Thanks Google! Hit up the link to update your ICS Google Voice app.
source: Google Voice Blog
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Unsolicited, unwanted calls. We all get them. They are the spam of voice calls. If you use Google Voice, you can already block unwanted calls, but not everyone wants to port their number to GV. For those folks, there’s YouMail, a visual voicemail app that can use your own phone number as long as you forward unanswered calls to their service.
Today, YouMail has announced that the new versions of both their apps, YouMail and WhoAreYou, now support one-click blocking of calls from unwanted numbers. Blocking a number causes calls from that number to no longer be visible or ring the phone. On top of that, blocked callers will not be able to leave a message, and they receive a greeting that states the number is out of service. Out of service numbers tend to get removed from spammer call lists. Bonus!
Full presser and download links after the break.
GrooVe IP is an app that connects to your Google Voice account through Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) and allows you to make calls on your device using only a Wi-Fi connection. This saves you from using your carrier minutes, and also provides a great alternative when in an area that has Wi-Fi but no carrier signal.
Up until now, you had to shell out $4.99 in the Play Store for GrooVe IP. But developer snrb Labs has just released a “Lite” version of the app that is ad-supported and has most of the main features as the paid version, minus the following:
- Calls over a mobile data connection not just WiFi
- Native dialer integration
- Proximity sensor support
- Change sign in status or sign in invisible
Not too shabby. Screenshots and download link after the break.
A cool new feature has been added to Google Voice for users of Google+. You can now use your Circles as custom groups in your Google Voice account. What does that mean? Google Software Engineer Tom Ford explains it in his blog post:
To help make it even easier for you to organize your contacts, today we’re adding Google+ Circles to Google Voice. Circles give you more control over how you manage your callers; for example, calls from your “Creepers” circle can be sent straight to Voicemail, only your “College Buddies” circle will hear you rap your voicemail greeting, or you can set your “Family” circle to only ring your mobile phone.
All you have to do is log in to your Google Voice account and go to the Groups and Circles tab to see all your Google+ Circles. You can then edit each one to suit your needs for that group. Pretty simple and powerful. So do you have any Circles that need to always go directly to voice mail? Yeah, I thought so. Me too.
One of the best Android apps just got better. The Google Voice app has just gotten updated to version 0.4.2.44 brings some minor tweaks, a complete UI overhaul for Honeycomb & Ice Cream Sandwich devices and wait for it— the ability to now queue outgoing text messages. That means if one message fails to send at first it will be sent once you regain data connectivity. Sweet deal. Be sure to grab the updated app at the Market link below or by scanning that QR code.
source: The Verge
Today, the Google Voice app recieved a new update in the Android Market that brings a couple of welcomed improvements. The most popular and often requested is the ability to send text messages to multiple recipients. I will admit, I don’t use Google Voice as much as I should but this feature might sway me to increase its use. The most recent update also allows you to pre-fetch voicemails so they can be listened to when data coverage is unavailable, it also improves text message notification.
To get this new update hit the market link below or head to our apps database for the QR code.
It is time for another TalkAndroid giveaway. We are giving away twenty GrooVe IP accounts valued at $4.99 thanks to snrb Labs. This is an awesome app that will allow you to make calls over WiFi from your Android device using Google Voice’s servers directly. You will also need a Google Voice account in order to use this app.
Full list of rules:
- Leave a post in this forum thread. It can be a simple hello or why you love VoIP.
- Additional posts from the same user will be ignored.
- The contest ends 11:59pm eastern on October 23, 2011.
- Winners will be picked at random and contacted via email.
- Comments made to this post will not be counted, you must go to the forum link in rule #1.
- Due to restrictions in the Android Market, in order to continue to get updates for this app you’ll have to have a PayPal account for a refund. Winners will need to purchase the app from the Android Market, after which your PayPal account will be credited by the developer.
The one thing holding me back from using my Google Voice account exclusively is the lack of MMS support. Sure, others with smartphones can just e-mail photos, but it never seems to work out that way. Yesterday, Google officially announced they have made a first step toward bringing this feature to its GV users. At the moment, only Sprint users are able to send MMS messages and to receive them you’ll have to turn on “enable text to e-mail forwarding” in your GV settings. Google is working on getting this to work with other carriers and getting the MMS messages to show up in the GV inbox, but this is a huge step forward. Most of us have been waiting for this since GV launched and may help to ditch using our main numbers all together. Stay tuned for more detailed information as it comes. Who’s excited?
Well look at what we have here: a Google-branded SIM card. Could this be a foreshadowing of a future Google cellular service? The card is said to have come from Spain, where it is being tested by engineers with the Nexus S. Another picture has surfaced showing ‘Google_Es’ identified as the carrier with the SIM inserted.
It has long been rumored that Google would expand into the realm of cellular networking, even if only as an MVNO, meaning it would provide mobile services, though not actually own a licensed frequency. Could this be what we are seeing the early signs of now? The questions continue to mount from here: Will the possible Google service be limited only to Europe? Would it feature the seemingly perfect ‘Google Voice’ moniker? Is this all just wishful thinking?
Hit the break to peek at that carrier identity screenshot.