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PSA: Google Voice Chrome Extension Updated Yesterday With Desktop Notifications, It’s Not Babel


Yesterday, the official Google Voice extension for Chrome received an update that introduced experimental desktop notifications. To our knowledge, this update has nothing to do with a unified Google chat service (internally called Babel) and is simply a stand-alone update and feature for the Google Voice extension. The notifications, if you are on a Windows machine, will look just like the picture we have included above. Again, to our knowledge, this has nothing to do with Google’s new unified chat service that is currently being dogfooded to employees. 

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Via:  Google Voice Extension

Cheers Dominick, Josh and Tyler!

  • Mario Cipriano

    Not sure what I am missing here. I use google voice and currently use the only way I can get it to work and that is a browser. I would like to be able to have the dialer on my desktop or shortcut. I have tried a number ‘solutions’ none have worked. Any suggestions?

  • “Google Voice sucks in so many ways, yet in so many other ways I can’t live without it.”


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  • Stephen Vanderwarker

    It’s somewhat glitched for me. Only shows up sometime. Defiantly like what it means for the future though! 🙂

  • Get a mac, man. That screen cap is embarrassing. Or at least a chromebook.

    • nightscout13

      Oh look, a hippie hipster, how many multi-colored scarves do you own?

  • What…the f#$k is that windows task bar?

  • Dylan Patel

    Great, This means it won’t go the way of Reader.

  • ddevito

    Google Voice sucks in so many ways, yet in so many other ways I can’t live without it.

    • nightscout13

      Was hovering over the down-vote button, till i finished reading your comment 😛

  • I’d noticed GV has been acting odd. All day it keeps doing that spin in a circle refresh thing like a message is about to come in…but then nothing comes.

    • Yeah, it’s been doing that on my mac, too. I hope they release a fix.

    • Michael Humphries

      yeah this is annoying

  • Nexus_FrEak

    Freakin Aye…. Can’t wait any longer for Google I/O

  • I hope the android app is next for an update.

  • it’s kind of annoying. The message does not let you reply or do anything when it is clicked.

    • JolleyMan

      Voicemail transcriptions come through, but text messages just throw a flag. Not as useful as it could be.

  • I hadn’t gotten any messages, but just tested it. Works here

  • RedPandaAlex

    Any update to Voice is good news for those worried about it going away.

    • nightscout13

      I don’t think Voice will go the way of BUZZ, and RSS.

      • i dont think it will go away either cause republic wireless uses it for there phone service. Which im sure google makes money on to use it commercially.

        • humfreyfamoye

          like Rose explained I am alarmed that a student can get paid $9191 in four weeks on the computer. did you see this website — Buzz80.ℂom

  • 95-esque vista. classy.

    • Could be Windows 7, mine looks like that. It’s more likely anyway, who the hell still uses Vista?

    • mgamerz

      That’s actually windows 7, you can tell by the network icon and the desktop peek button in the bottom right.