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Google Voice Update Fixes Crashing Issue in Android 4.2

When Android 4.2 was released yesterday to a handful of devices, many of you noticed that Google Voice was having issues. In fact, if you created a new text message, then tried to add a contact, it would Force Close immediately. Thankfully, Google was quick to react and has already released an update to the Play store which fixes it.

One thing should be noted, though – after updating, I was forced to setup my Google Voice again. I’m not sure if that was supposed to happen or not, but it did. Remember, setup for Google Voice in Jelly Bean has changed slightly. We have instructions here.

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  • i have 3 new texts and it tells me i like like 20 new texts in notification bar. everything is messed up!!

    • Brien

      I since rolled back because of this and some other minor bugs I’ve experienced with this update. Wonder if this is specific to certain devices, or 4.1, or if it even affects the software it’s supposed to providing fixes for. Either way, it’s disappointing, and since the app barely gets updated regularly, it’s even more frustrating.

      • How did you roll back? Can you supply the APK? I miss the old update: ‘(

  • JWellington

    I wish they did more to this app then a 4.2 bugfix. This app is surely lacking. Google, please improve your client-side application and quit being a back-end oriented company.

  • On 4.1 Mine crashes trying to load voicemails. Any Suggestions?

  • Matt

    i just got the update to 4.2 on my Nexus 7 and in the Play Store, Google Voice had an update. i tried updating and even uninstalled and tried to reinstall, but getting this error:

    “Google voice” could not be downloaded due to an error.(Error retrieving information from server. [RPC:S-5:AEC-0])

    i am not rooted or anything.

    • Matt

      removing and re-adding Google account fixed this!

  • Nick

    I was hoping this update would fix it, but voicemails still playback through only the speakerphone on my GNex, no matter the settings. Has anyone else had this problem?

  • Nick Barrett

    It also seems that Google inadvertently fixed the issue with “Google Now” Voice Actions http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=34175

  • kaufkin

    Bad news: you have to re-login and re-setup.

    good news: all you have to do is go into settings and re-direct your voicemail back to Google voice, you don’t need to do all the PITA setup / dialing / entering codes, etc. so it only took a minute or so.

    so not too bad.

  • Can you send MMSs yet? That’s the only thing that is keeping me from using it as my main number.

  • Pandalero

    GV needs to support MMS already… ridiculous.

    • JWellington

      I’m tired of telling people: Oh no! Don’t text me that picture, email it to me instead K_K

  • Just updated and I had to re-login as well

  • WAldenIV

    If you upgrade from ICS to JB, you don’t need to set-up Google Voice again do you?

  • Since this thread is talking about 4.2… has anyone found a way to make the lock screen NOT flash the area for new widgets? Or disable widgets entirely? That thing really annoys me.

    • Josh C

      After seeing Kellex’s tutorial on the lock screen widgets, I don’t want 4.2 for my VZW Gnex. Especially if you can’t disable them.

      • John

        Don’t worry. You’re not going to get 4.2 for a long time anyway, assuming you’re stock

        • Josh C

          Just picked the Gnex up to replace my tbolt a few days ago. Rooting tonight or tomorrow. What do you think the lead on the official 4.2 will be? The binaries are already released.

      • Jake

        You don’t have to have widgets on the lock screen if you don’t want to. Your lock screen can continue to operate as it normally does.

        • No, you do. I got 4.2 on my Nexus 7 last night and I can’t find a way to disable them. The clock is now a widget, and to the left of it is a flashing area to add new widgets. If you remove the clock, you get the new widget area there that flashes at you. It’s really annoying, and I hope Google has a way to disable it I haven’t found yet or includes one in the inevitable 4.2.1.

      • wickets

        theres a tutorial? if you know what day/time can you share the info…..locked screen etc 4.2. seems more an act of frustration than benefit. I keep deleting the clock it miraculously reappers…..its so fuggggggly looking ughhhhh

        • Josh C

          Kellex did a brief one when 4.2 first came to his Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. Should be in the older posts.

    • JoshGroff

      I was wondering what that was, and so far from browsing through settings I couldn’t find anything to disable it.