In all the hubbub that surrounded the recent announcement that Sprint would be getting the Nexus S 4G is another important — heck, I think more important — announcement…that Google Voice would become integrated into all Sprint phones, not just the Nexus S 4G. This is pretty big news, as now all Sprint customers will gain access to Google Voice’s awesome feature set.
Yesterday, we told you about Google Voice not officially working or supported on Android Honeycomb OS just yet. Google’s Support forum is aware and looking into getting it officially supported. But why wait for that right?
That’s what Android central forum member Elysian893 thought too, because Google Voice is now working (unofficially) on the Xoom after they were able to backup the Voice app from a Motorola Droid, then pop it onto the Xoom. After permissions were granted for access, the app seemed to work fine. Still can’t make calls on it however (it is a tablet), but the SMS and other features work fine. So if you don’t want to wait for Google to get it going, head over to the source ink to find out more on the procedure.
[via Android Central Forum]
If you grabbed yourself a new swanky Motorola Xoom last week, and have been loading up all kinds of great apps, you may find that you’ll have a problem with Google Voice, if you use it. Apparently the app crashes on the Xoom, which has left a number of people unhappy that Google dropped the ball updating their own apps for their own Android OS.
Google Support is aware and working on an update for Honeycomb OS, so this isn’t necessarily an issue with the Xoom as much as it’s an issue with this version of Android. Don’t go bringing that Xoom back just yet, Google is working on it.
Glad to hear from so many Xoom early adopters! As you’ve noticed, Google Voice isn’t available for Honeycomb yet. We’re working on it, and I’ll update this thread as more info is available.
If you want to know more and keep up to date on this fix, you can hit the source link below.
[via Google Support]
The popular VoIP service, Gizmo5, has announced via email to its members that it will be ending their services as of April 3rd, causing users everywhere to look for an alternative VoIP service (click pic above to read the email). Gizmo5 was aquired by Google back in 2009 and offered cheap Internet calling with Google Voice. An email (submitted by Reddit user Bizurke) pointed to Google’s Gmail calling service as a sufficient replacement, if anyone was interested. What do you think? Head on over to our apps database and feel free to search out what’s available on the Android Market for VoIP services. It’s an endless list, so you might be there a while. Let us know what you think about the whole ordeal in the comments below. Could this mean Google is looking to introduce true VoIP via Google Voice?
Some alternatives who might be ready to serve you include:
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.
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]
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.
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!
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!
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)