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Google+ Invades Google Voice on Desktops, Full Integration is Happening

Google+ and its intertwining into other Google services has almost come full circle. (See what I did there?) It has already invaded our Gmail inboxes with the ability to sort things by Circles, controversially entered our search results, and has now as of today joined into the Google Voice party.

If you are a user of the “greatest voice service on the planet” – a quote I use quite often – then you will have the option in your Google Voice account to start setting up specific voicemail greetings per Circle. As Google mentioned in their announcement for this new feature, you can send calls from your “Creepers” Circle straight to voicemail and let your old college crew here your karaoke version of “This is How We Do It.” Fun.   

Circle management is not yet in the Android app, but you have to imagine at some point that Google will figure out a way to work it in. Google+ is the future of Google services and this is simply another sign of that.

Via:  Google Voice Blog

  • Trueblue711

    I haven’t been too much of a fan of Google’s G+ integration, but this is pretty cool.

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  • tjpeco

    Yes this is awesome.

  • Hey Kellex, if it’s the “greatest voice service on the planet”, why isn’t it available in both my home country and my current workplace?

    • PC_Tool

      If they made only one of “The greatest car ever made”, would it matter where it was available?

      Why should GV’s availability be any different?

      • Well, you could use that car anywhere, I’d suppose.

        • PC_Tool

          Nah…I am sure it would violate plenty of local statutes and need to be heavily modified. You know, steering wheel on the wrong side, bumper/no bumper. Typical bureaucratic red-tape BS… 😛

          • I’m using the car I brought with me from home here (a Skyline GT-R R34 V-Spec II Nur); the car has the steering wheel on the right, and local cars all have it on the left yet no one ever said anything. 😉

          • PC_Tool

            …only because all the cops know they can’t catch you. :p

          • You can’t speed here. I work in Russia. The roads are horrible.

          • PC_Tool

            Ah…See, I thought we were talking about a country with like…laws n’ stuff. *wicked grin*

          • They do have laws here. Probably more laws than we ever had at home (in Japan). I actually don’t see Russia as a lawless country; it’s pretty safe here. StPetersburg, by the way, is a much, much safer city in every single district, which cannot be said about New York or Chicago (I actually got in trouble thrice when I visited those cities — once in Chicago and twice in NYC).

          • PC_Tool

            Since you insist upon remaining serious…

            “I actually don’t see Russia as a lawless country; it’s pretty safe here.”
            Laws don’t make a place safe…look at the US; Millions of laws….and many places abroad are much safer than our worst cities. It’s probably got more to do with population density and enforcement practices.

            Of course, it depends on the times, as well. London was a mess last year….though most districts affected by the riots are normally pretty peaceful as I understand it.

    • Droidzilla

      Because your home and work suck.

      I keed, I keed!

  • Naomi

    I heard you like Google…

    • Droidzilla

      A Google within a Google?

  • Kevdog

    Who the hell actually uses G+?  I know I don’t. 

    • Droidzilla

      Kevdog has spoken, Google. This is now officially a waste of your time and resources.

  • ncis32

    I don’t like all this Google+ integration. I don’t use it. It’s just bloat.

    • Genetic_Bloom

      So don’t use it. No one is forcing you to put your friends in circles and send circles straight to Voicemail. It’s simple really.

      • Nick

        It’s integrated into the apps. That’s the issue. So all these Google apps are getting bloated with useless features hardly anyone uses.

        • Droidzilla

          Can you detail how this makes things worse? For instance, if you’re a Google Voice user who has no interest in Google+ (silly as it’s not just a social network), how will this integration detract from your Google Voice experience?

          As I said to someone above, even if you only use Google+ for contact management and cloud photo storage it’s a really great set of features. People would pay good money for an app that does what Google+ does for photos if it did nothing else.

    • GPlusSucks

      Exactly, this is worse than carrier bloat. At least you can remove those apps. You can’t remove stupid service integration within apps.

      • Wrighte

        The more Google shoves Google+ into my face by forcing it into all their apps, the more I don’t want to use it.

    • tjpeco

      It’s completely invisible to you if you want to be boring and not use Google+

      • JP

        The Google apps will still be slimmer without G+ integration.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        But totally visible if you want to be a sheep and jump on the social networking bandwagon like all the other tools who got bamboozled into thinking anyone cares & it is a valuable use of ones time. baaaaw baaaaaw

        • PC_Tool

          Looks like you “got bamboozled into thinking anyone cares”.

          Has the sense hypocrisy crept in yet, or are you actually under the impression you are not actively participating in a social network at this very moment?

    • yeahsure

      Lol. We’ll see you in a few months when you finally get it.

      • IAm

        Not everyone who uses Android are Google sheep.

        • yeahsure

          Then why would you buy a Google device if you claim people are sheep for using one of their services?

  • Too bad I don’t have enough friends to actually make use of these circles

  • ddevito

    My G+ Circles are now also integrated in Gmail

    *update* – tells you how often I use gmail on my desktop. I guess they did this back in December. 🙂

  • Larizard

    I saw this yesterday on my Google Voice account, and I noticed the “Circles” in there. Didn’t bother because I seldom open Voice on my browser (only use it for calls on my phone, and integrated Messaging with it). Wonder when it really started rolling out to users…

  • You can ring a Xoom with Google Voice?

    • Lee713

      yeahp, two ways. 
      1 forwarding texts to google chat. 
      2. for audio get groove ip app installed on your xoom.  works like a damn charm

      • Yes, but like my comment said above, GrooVe IP is great once the call finishes ringing on your phone, then will ring on the device, but it isn’t LISTED as a device like it says in the image – GTalk and Mobile are obvious, XOOM (or any other Android device for that matter) isn’t, unless you use Sipgate which is currently unavailable…  

        I’d like to hear any other FREE means of getting it to be another listed device!  I’m not paying any amount to get my tablet to “ring earlier” when GrooVe IP doesn’t charge me monthly for the service!

  • Joeymonday333

    1- android 4.0 aka ICS already has phone contacts merge with Google plus. 2- G+ also does video chat in circles on desktop which should merge and replace gtalk on phones soon so G+ should be making big soon in the eyes of the skypers and Facebook junkies.

  • That’s pretty awesome stuff, but I’m now more interested in how you got the XOOM listed as a phone to ring!  Sipgate?  I have GVoice and GrooVe IP, which is great, but it rings my tablet AFTER I don’t answer my mobile…. having them ring at the same time would be awesome!

  • ddevito

    This is nice, I guess, but this SHOULD mean that your phone contacts and G+ contacts should be the same 1:1.

    So I suspect more to come for this to make more sense.

    • Droidzilla

      I really hope that’s where all of this is headed. GTalk, GVoice, and G+ really ought to be one app (you could argue that the Phone app belongs in there, too).

      • ddevito

        I suspect full Gvoice (or G+) integration may never happen in the foreseeable future because of the carriers.

        ICS has visual voicemail and great built-in voicemail playback tools but (as Verizon customers) we’ll never see them

        • Droidzilla

          You can’t even get them with a root/ROM on the GNex?

          • ddevito

            Not that I have seen. Good question though…

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I F****** hate all of this God **** mother****** social networking integration every ****** app out there. F***!!!! All you ass**** that use that s*** are making my life hell as now I have to have that ***** crap cooked into every app I ****** own. God***it!

    • Dsdfgsdf

      u mad?

      • bro

        • Mister_Eff

          He mad, bro.

    • TC Infantino

      Wow, kinda get the feeling that all that rage about social networking could be because you aren’t very social.  That it maybe?  Hard time making or keeping friends?  You know, you could Google to find a therapist near you.

    • summit1986

      Tell us what you really think…

      • FortitudineVincimus

        I was pretty reserved there actually

    • Droidzilla

      This isn’t Facebook. If you want, you can easily take advantage of what Google+ offers without using the social integration. If you use it for nothing other than contact management and cloud photo storage, it’s an awesome piece of software. Heck, just for those two things someone could charge good money for an app that integrates as well as Google+ and get a ton of takers.

    • PC_Tool


      You do realize you just posted this comment on a social network….right?

      Nerd-rage is the funniest rage.

  • Too bad apple will release this next week and CHANGE THE WAY WE LEAVE VOICEMAILS!

  • “here” should be “hear” =)


  • ncsurob

    If only people used Google +….

    • Mark F.

      Only Google sheep uses Google+.