Google Acquires SayNow, Plans to Integrate Into Google Voice?

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If you’ve never heard of SayNow…you’re not alone. You may, however, remember that a lot of celebrities went through phases where they would blast a phone number on Twitter, Facebook, a commercial, or at a concert and say “Call me.” When you called that number, it gave you some pre-recorded message. You know you all called one of them, at least once…heck, I did. But this service has now been acquired by Google, and they have made it clear that they intend to incorporate it into Google Voice, although at this point it has not been stated exactly how they intend to do that or what service they will add.

SayNow also provided a service that aimed to make business conference calls easier. This service was apparently created by an intern in about a week, but in our (admittedly brief) searching for information about it, it seems to have been a very solid offering. So perhaps Google wants talent? They didn’t really say.

Regardless, it’s very likely that we’ll be seeing some new additions coming to Google Voice soon, beyond the number porting service that they just announced. We’re eager to see what they come up, so stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted.

[via AllThingsDigital]

Google Voice allows porting number option then takes it down

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Today users of Google Voice had seen an option that many have been waiting for, Google Voice had added the option to port your mobile number. As you can see in the pic above, the option was there, along with a friendly reminder that once you do this, your carrier may be so upset at you for leaving them that they charge you early termination fees, and we know how much that can add up to on a newly signed contract.

Unfortunately before long, the option was mentioned by Google to be the result of “testing” being done, and may not appear for all Google Voice account holders. Then, shortly after that…the greatest trick Google ever pulled was convincing us the porting option didn’t exist…it got yanked down. It may be back, sooner than we think as Google had this to say;

We’re continually testing new features to enhance the user experience. For a limited amount of time, we’re making the Google Voice number porting process available to users. We don’t have any additional details to share at this time, but plan to offer this feature to all users in the near future.”

We’ll keep our eyes peeled for this option again. Let us know, how happy would you be to use Google Voice on your Android phone rather than your carriers phone service plan?

[via Engadget, Google Voice]

TalkAndroid.com’s Top Five Free Android Christmas Apps

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Tis the season, everyone! For those of our readers who are celebrating the holidays we hope you are having a great time thus far, and with Christmas now literally just around the corner, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite free Christmas apps. So, without further delay, I present to you our top five free Android Christmas apps. Continue reading after the break for the full list.

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Google Voice, YouTube, and Voice Search all receive updates

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If you don’t have automatic updates, you may want to crack open the ol’ Android Market and check for updates for Google Voice, YouTube, and Voice Search. The updates aren’t terribly significant, but it does appear that YouTube had commenting enabled, as well as subscription viewing. Voice Search and Google Voice both had minor updates, but still, why procrastinating on updating? So, hit up your “Downloads” tab [Menu > Downloads] and enjoy!

[via Phandroid]

Google Voice Suffers Outage – Again!

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It looks as though Google Voice suffered another outage earlier today for approximately 45 minutes. Many Google Voice users as a result were unable to make calls, send or receive texts, or check their accounts online. Attempts to access the Google Voice accounts page via web showed a “502” error preventing access as well as issues connecting from desktop clients.

Google Voice is working now, but there hasn’t been any real statement from Google explaining what the issue was to begin with. We hope that Google can issue something, as we don’t know which mobile networks were affected, or if it was a total GV outage.

We’ll let you know here, as soon as we get word!

[via BGR]

25% of Android searches are by voice, Google launches new YT channel

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While I can’t say that I frequently use the voice search feature of Android, apparently there are a lot of people that do. According to the latest post in the Google Mobile blog, one of every four searches from an Android phone is by voice. (In case you flunked math 1/4 = 25%)

That’s a pretty large number and I personally would’ve never guessed it to be that high. Google realizes this and has launched a new youtube channel almost dedicated to new uses for voice search. Check out the video and link to their channel after the break. But before the break, did you know TalkAndroid has a YouTube channel?: youtube.com/talkandroid (and Facebook and Twitter)

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Google Voice App gets updated with new Widgets!

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If you are a fan of Google Voice, you are gonna love this little addition.  Google just updated it’s Voice app with 2 new widgets to make call and voicemail message managing a little easier.

One is the Inbox widget which gives you a quick view to your recent voicemail messages and text messages.  Click on the message and it will bring you to your voicemail box.

The other one is a Settings widget.  It adds 4 quick hotkeys – one acts a quick link to open up the Google Voice app, the next one allows you to quickly compose free text messages, after that is a quick toggle to change which calls go through Google Voice, and the last, and probably the most useful, allows you to set DND so that calls to your Google number go straight to your Google voicemail.

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Report: Google eyes set on Unified Communications and Collaboration market

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A new report from research firm Frost & Sullivan suggests that the Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) market is very much on Google’s radar. UCC is a guideline, of sorts, which seeks to develop customer relationships, drive innovation, improve operations, and build partner connections through the integration of real-time communication services.  In layman’s terms: Google products like Google Voice, Buzz, mobile services through Android, as well as technologies gained through various acquisitions, all come together under the umbrella of this concept of Unified Communications.

Be sure to continue reading below for the full press release:

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Google Voice announces faster dialing for Android and Blackberry

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According to the Google Voice Blog, there has been a major update to the way Android and Blackberry users make calls from their mobile devices. Here’s how it works, taken from the official post:

Until today, the Google Voice app had to make a request to the Google Voice server every time you wanted to make a call to send us the phone number you wanted to dial. Then the call would be connected via a Google Voice access number. With direct access numbers, we assign a unique phone number to every person you call. This means that we no longer need to use your data network to access the server each time you make a call, so calls will be placed much faster.

Anyone who has ever placed a call through Google Voice on these platforms know what they’re talking about. This is great, and truly innovative. I know that it used to be that I would have to wait upwards of 5 seconds to place a call through Google Voice, while my phone connected to data, sent the info to Google’s servers, let the servers translate the number being dialed into the Google Voice equivalent, shoot the information back and place the call. Now, I can make the call in (what seems to be) less than a second.

It should also be mentioned that this is built into the native Google Voice app for Android, while Blackberry users will need to go to m.google.com/voice from their device.

Don’t have a Google Voice account to try this out on? It’s simple (For US users)… simply go to google.com/voice and set up an account. If you get a chance to try it out, let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via Google Voice Blog]

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