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. Read more
Android Central is reporting the freshly released Android 4.2 update for the Nexus 4 is breaking Google Voice. Attempting to add a recipient to a new Google Voice message is causing the app to force close every time. The GSM Galaxy Nexus began receiving its update today as well but we’ve yet to see any reports of any Google Voice issues on the GNex.
Source: Android Central
Swiftkey announced today an update to their popular keyboard app for Android devices. For users who like to dictate instead of type, Swiftkey has enabled use of the Google voice typing tool that is available in Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. For those into themes, Swiftkey has introduced two new ones – Sky (a blue theme) and Fuschia (a pink theme). They have also added two new languages – Malay and Urdu – to bring the number of available languages up to 44.
Users who have been experiencing problems with Swiftkey, including those with Samsung Galaxy S III devices, running Jelly Bean, or who frequently use Chrome will benefit from numerous bug fixes. The new version, Swiftkey 3.0.1, is available from Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and AndroidPIT. Hit the source link for more information on all of the bug fixes and a video on how to change themes.
via: Android Police
XDA member bongostl has posted a step-by-step guide for modifying your Nexus 7, or any tablet for that matter, to enable outgoing and incoming calls through Google Voice. This requires the editing of system files, so your tablet needs to be rooted. What this method does is make the tablet think it’s voice capable, which allows dialer app voice+ to connect through Google Voice and place a call.
Incoming calls will be handled by any SIP app, such as CSipSimple, which requires you to also set up a call number and routing using other online services such as callcentric and ipkall. Couple all that with Google Voice, an edited and recompiled framework-res.apk file, and the flashing of an update.zip, and you’ve got yourself a really large tablet-phone in 16 quick and easy steps.
Or you can download GrooVe IP from the Play Store and skip all the rest.
Ok, that was snarky. To be fair, bongostl’s method has the advantage that you can still receive calls in your Gmail on your computer, whereas with GrooVe IP, it’s one or the other. But seriously, to me this all seems like way too much of a hassle with too many potential points of failure to really be worth it for most people.
Bottom line: Hackers and tweakers only. Everyone else just get GrooVe IP.
Don’t you hate it when you get a call and the number is “restricted” or “unknown”? It’s annoying because you know full well that it’s most likely spam calling. If you are a user of Google Voice, however, you can now get your sweet revenge on telemarketers everywhere with the introduction of two new customizable caller groups.
Basically, calls can now be divided into those in your address book (All Contacts), and those that are unknown (Anonymous Callers). The anonymous group is where you can have some fun by setting up a custom greeting that picks up after one ring. Use this message to tell anonymous callers just how you feel about them being… well… anonymous. Or, if you’re not in the mood to be creative, simply send them to voicemail directly and deal with them later. Awesome addition, Google.
source google voice blog
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.