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Why the Lack of Google Voice on the XOOM? No Telephony of Course.

Opening the new Honeycomb market and searching for “Google Voice” was probably the first thing I did after grabbing my Motorola XOOM last Thursday and it was no where to be found.  Not being pleased with this discovery, especially knowing that my XOOM has a Verizon phone number tied to it, I started asking around on Twitter and apparently many of you found out the hard way as well.  And don’t bother sideloading it either, because it’ll force close on you.

When asked by one of our readers what the deal was, an Android Market rep had this to say…

Thanks for your note.  At this time, the Google Voice app is not compatible with your device because your device lacks the required telephony features.

Now, I totally understand that the device can’t make actual phone calls, but the silly little Galaxy Tab had Google Voice support.  As far as I know, no one was thinking about making calls on it, but for those of us that use GV to send texts, this was going to huge.  Sad, sad story.

To keep things positive though, we’re going to take his “at this time” comment and claim that we will one day have some sort of Google Voice on Honeycomb.  (Fingers firmly crossed.)

Cheers Wes!

  • Pauldroidr2d2

    I think it would be nice to have the app too. I even added the app onto my ipad. You’d think that an actual google device would have it available as well.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

    didnt samsung make an online commercial with some guy in a weird jacket talking on the SGT? they put him on tv without talking on it, but i swear he did in the original wayyy before it came out….. ?

  • phildogbph

    google voice is on the ipod touch and you can’t get any cell service on it… sooooo, why not the xoom? I would like to be able to use sms and play my voicemails from my xoom if I needed…

    The website works, but will not play the voicemails… Plus you get no instant notifications unless you leave the site running fullscreen…

  • phildogbph

    google voice is on the ipod touch and you can’t get any cell service on it… sooooo, why not the xoom? I would like to be able to use sms and play my voicemails from my xoom if I needed…

    The website works, but will not play the voicemails… Plus you get no instant notifications unless you leave the site running fullscreen…

  • Booboolala2000

    Better have it soon. I refuse to start another text app. Yeah, we all know thus ain’t a phone, but the text is pure data anyway. Hurry up Google. This isn’t the ipad. Oh wait, they do have Google voice don’t they?

  • nepholex

    Okay so this really doesn’t make any sense. Google Voice does not do VoIP. It routes calls your phone actually handles. Also, Google Voice doesn’t require any sort of telephony to send SMS, it’s all through a data connection. Doesn’t make sense to me that it couldn’t just work as a texting station, but okay. I hope Google fixes this pretty quickly.

  • getr3al

    I too have (and love) the Xoom Tablet and I was fully aware of the lack of sms capabilities when I purchased it, but I still long for the ability to fire off a text now and then. Hopefully that will come soon with or without Google Voice’s help. Until then I found a good work around was to simply use an SMS gateway and emai/gmail to send at text to friends and family. They can reply back from any phone type so for me it works the same http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_SMS_gateways

  • http://twitter.com/bandroidx bandroid

    when AOSP hits i would think someone could port telephone.apk to HC to support GV.

  • http://twitter.com/mikells43 Keith Mikell

    works with samsung galaxy

  • Anonymous

    ta.gg/50h

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5T744BVE3N2B6YUTRJMI4D45SA DH

    This response wouldn’t be so laughable if google hadn’t released a google voice app for the ipod AND ipad. Cmon! The freakin ipad!

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  • The Om3ga Man

    Google voice does not install natively on the US versions of the Galaxy Tab. You have to trick it into intsalling by adding you tab’s number to your google voice account. Try Line2 if you want to send and recieve calls on your tablet, assuming that it has both a mic and bluetooth.

  • Rizzidy

    F Motorola

  • Brickforbrains

    I use gv on my rooted nook color to send texts

  • http://twitter.com/CommunistJack CommunistJack

    ummm google.com/voice works theres just no push notification.
    you could always buy a 3rd party app and support the andorid market developers

  • TheZuneLune

    I can make Google Voice calls from PC with no telephony utilizing Google talk, so the lack of telephony makes no sense to me.

  • Jakesjunk2005

    My rooted Nook Color lacks telephony features, but Google Voice is still handy for sending/receiving text messages, reading voicemail transcripts, and listening to voicemail as media audio.

    • Booboolala2000

      I still get to listen to my Google Voicemail through Gmail. Wtf?

  • Me

    Xoom has a MDM6600 chip in it.(CDMA/GSM Modem) From looks of it has everything needed to support SMS messaging and honeycomb can support sms……..so no clue why there is no SMS support in the Xoom other than Verizon didn’t want it to be there. There could be a driver issue of some kind etc…..but claims by some that the hardware can’t support it seem to be bogus.

    • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

      If Verizon says it can’t do it, then then its a lie. They said it was not possible for my Droid 1 to wireless tether to anything because the hardware can’t support it. Well, Wireless Tether and the fact that I am writing this say other wise. Because I am in a car headed to Seattle. So Verizon, just knock the crap off.

      • Anonymous

        The bit about the Droid 1 not supporting wireless tethering was partially correct. The Droid 1 can only create an ad-hoc network, which many devices cannot connect to. That’s what Big Red was really getting at.

        • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

          Your right. But its close enough for me.

    • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

      If Verizon says it can’t do it, then then its a lie. They said it was not possible for my Droid 1 to wireless tether to anything because the hardware can’t support it. Well, Wireless Tether and the fact that I am writing this say other wise. Because I am in a car headed to Seattle. So Verizon, just knock the crap off.

    • Booboolala2000

      The BT keyboard has a messaging icon. When you press it, nothing happens at all. Total bullshit.

  • http://twitter.com/MikeDeAngelo Mike DeAngelo

    On the other hand, Google Talk for Xoom supports audio and video chat. Google has also bridged Google Talk and Voice, so that one can make and receive calls using their Google Voice number with Google Talk.

    Can someone please test this out and see if there is any reason that this doesn’t work on a Xoom? I use this configuration on my laptop all the time.

    Also, I use sipdroid on my Moto Droid (original), integrated to Google Voice via Gizmo5 and pbxes.org.

  • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

    The device has a full web browser. Why can’t you just go to google.com/voice. I don’t have my XOOM yet so I can’t try it. But I’m sure that it would work as long as google.com/voice read the browser as being desktop and not mobile. On second thought, reading as mobile would still work. Also, mail.google.com can make a phone call. I use my Mac to make awesome quality calls with it all the time.

  • Anonymous

    Just use the web base interface. Not that big of a deal…
    Or just use the phone…

  • WOppXoom

    in other news…GOOGLE BODY IS BACK on Market for Xoom!! woo

  • ElyEsq

    FAIL

  • Anonymous

    That’s a deal breaker for me, there is no reason Google Voice shouldn’t work on it other then Tele Companies making Google deactivate it so people have to pay for texts. OMFG!

  • Anonymous

    “As far as I know, no one was thinking about making calls on it”

    Really, Kellex? VOIP calls are totally in the realm of possibility for this device!

  • Ynggun25

    I tried this same thing the other day and had no idea what was up, now I know. I make GV calls and receive calls on my I*ad all the time. Just another reason I am sending my Xoom back where it came from and getting a new I*pad 2. Moto botched this thing in my opinion. They should have waited till they had their stuff together.

  • Yagermeister

    doesn’t the i*ad have Google Voice on it???

    • Ynggun25

      Yes it does, I use it all the time to make and receive calls.

  • Yagermeister

    doesn’t the i*ad have Google Voice on it???

  • Anonymous

    Maybe LTE will usher in this feature? Please?

  • http://twitter.com/patrickkuhl Patrick Kuhl

    you can still access it via the web browser at least.

  • dragonfly1113

    google voice works for sending just texts over wifi on the gtab, wonder why it doesnt work on the xoom.

  • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

    I know the app would be nice to have, but can’t you just log in via the webpage and send SMSs?

    • http://twitter.com/drums2k9 Luis Mandujano

      I’d say make a shortcut to the GV web interface and the Gmail website would suffice until an app is released.

      In combination with headphones/headset/bluetooth headset, workaround found! :D

    • Anonymous

      Pretty sure you can also do it through Gmail if you the cell phone number of the person you are sending to as a contact. Just type an email and in the address field put the name of the person you are trying to text and it works. I tried it once from my desktop and didn’t have any issues. And if you have GV send alerts to your email you get push notifications as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.reger Jeremy Reger

    Not going to lie.. I wanted to make calls on my XOOM..

  • @g00n

    Why does web interaction require telephony? So when I send a txt from my voice on cell its sending that SMS from the phone not through a web service? Then why need the web access for voice on the phone?

  • http://twitter.com/IRONMatt14 Matt Robinson

    Ironic that his name is steve :P

  • http://twitter.com/danyay Dan

    You can’t make phone calls on a Verizon USB data card either.

    Google Voice is NOT VoIP.

  • Mr. Joe

    I’m guessing the XOOM has a mic for vid chat right?

    Then it can have GV. I’m able to make calls from gmail using my GV number. I do it a lot and I’m just using the internet. I can’t wait to be able to use data to make phones calls with GV on a phone.

    • Booboolala2000

      It has a microphone for Google Talk, which I haven’t used yet. Can’t seem to tell if my camera is on.

  • Anonymous

    I would LOVE for Google to release a Google Voice app that allows you to text or make calls over WiFi or 3G. That would be amazing.

    Get r Done Google.

    • Mr. Joe

      Isn’t that how you send txt is over data with GV?

      • Anonymous

        Yeah. I was more implying I want a version of Google Voice that allows you to send texts or make calls if you ONLY have WiFi on your Xoom.

        • http://mariasama16.livejournal.com/ J Harrell

          You’d still be able to send texts if you’re on wireless, since the wireless will act as the date. The phone calls would be a little more difficult, due to radio needs.

          • Anonymous

            I guess I don’t understand why? Voice is all just 1’s and 0’s anyway. Why can’t GV do VOIP?

        • nepholex

          This is already possible. Put your phone into Airplane mode, turn on Wifi, and send texts to your heart’s content. I’ve no idea why GVoice supposedly requires “telephony features”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    Is there a way to send/receive SMS on tablets?

    Also, can you just access http://www.google.com/voice in the XOOM browser?

    • http://twitter.com/drums2k9 Luis Mandujano

      Going off of this… a few ideas.

      SIPDroid + google voice = free calls over 3G/WiFi. Check it out!
      Gmail has that whole calling for free thing also.

      I don’t own a Xoom (yet) so if someone has one, try this out and see what you can come up with!

    • Mr. Joe

      I’m pretty sure GV uses data to send txts.

    • PhilE

      Yes, you can interact with GV via google.com/voice. You can do all the interactions with voicemail and texts, and even make calls, pointing the phone to call with in the usual ways (registered GV devices or Google Talk). A couple quirks; such as playing voice mail via clicking the play icon below the transcript changes to a “stop” button, but doesn’t actually play. You can select “more” and “Download” and then click the downloaded file and the built-in audio player will play the voicemail.

      Would love to see an app with these features for my Xoom.. would be nicer to have a true touch-oriented interface for interacting with voicemail, sending texts, as others have noted.

  • UGA414

    Need a fix then