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Google Voice for Android Receives Update!

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Yes, one of Google’s most ignored yet important apps, Google Voice, received an update this afternoon. Unfortunately for all of the service’s users, the update includes nothing new and is simply a stability or bug fixer. The changelog only says that it “improved the reliability of SMS delivery.”

No Babel love. No UI update. No MMS.

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  • itsgonnalast

    MMS works now! It’s a miracle!

  • sagisarius

    I’d love it if they could work in whether to call with the phone’s number or your GV number. Needing a 3rd party app for that seems silly.

  • Amenemhat1

    Still the best Video service next to G+ IMO

  • Steve Benson

    If anything, this at least shows us that development isn’t dead for Google Voice.

  • jowaldo

    If they could only fix that bug where you have to hit play a bunch of times before it actually.. well plays!

    • James

      Agreed. Thanks for that, I thought I was the only one experiencing this.

      • I found out that hitting play multiple times doesn’t do any good. If you simply open the message, then wait (with a decent data connection), you’ll notice that after about 15 seconds, the length on the right changes from 0:00 to 1:20 (or whatever the length really is). Pressing play doesn’t really seem to speed this process up, and it may actually slow it down.

  • blootz

    actually now you can make voip calls with your gv number now. I just made a couple calls without affecting my Verizon minutes, +1 Google.

    • The Dude

      How exactly did you do this?

  • Sam

    Need MMS now!

    • JRomeo

      all MMS messages received through google voice get forwarded to your email inbox, with the picture visible in there. so at lease we can receive MMS albeit not inside the app itself

      • JolleyMan

        I thought that was only for Sprint subscribers. Only one of my friend’s MMS’s get emailed to me. My friend is on Sprint and I’m on Verizon.

        • JRomeo

          Nope, i can confirm its for regular folk who have google voice. I’m on t-mobile, but i could switch to any carrier. I’ve never really understood how google voice and sprint merged, it seemed complicated to me, what if you are no longer on sprint, how can you take your google voice account to another phone number?

          • JolleyMan

            Interesting. When folks that don’t have Sprint send me an MMS, I never get anything. No MMS, no email, no free beer. Nothing. When my only-friend-with-a-phone-from-Sprint (we’ll call him Jay, since that’s his name) sends me the latest picture or video of his son doing something else really embarrassing, it shows up in my gmail. Jay doesn’t know the first thing about Google Voice and certainly doesn’t have GV on his phone. Jay probably thinks GV is what Google sounds like when it speaks.

  • S2556

    The exclamation point was dirty

  • noc007

    So still no native VoIP. What exactly did they do with Gizmo5? Take their talent and tell them to do what we have today? I guess it’s mattering less these days with more plans moving away from unlimited data and metered minutes to metered data and unlimited minutes.

  • yungqb7

    Sad, not a lot of my friends know about Google Voice, They’re missing out, beats Verizon’s nonsense

  • Still a much needed bug fix update. Its a start

  • Trueblue711

    I’ve really been wondering if Google Voice is going to go the way of Google Reader within the next year. The project has been dead for a while. I really hope not because it’s so good I would pay for an equivalent service. Do alternatives even exist?

    • roninpenguin

      Yeah, there are service out there that do very similar things, but they tend to run 15-20 dollars a month so they could easily undercut that market if they charged, so long as they added some much needed features like MMS and multiple number on one device support.

      • Trueblue711

        What are the names of some of these services?

        • roninpenguin

          I haven’t looked since Google Voice came out but I remember there were companies like Parus (http://www.parusinteractive.com/) that did similar things only they used 1800 numbers instead of standard phone numbers. If you want stuff that works better with Android there is always Pinger, Viber, or even Skype which gives you a lot of the same functionality, it’s just with them you pay for a phone line or, like Viber, they work with your existing phone number. There are also service on the App market that give you full on multi-line functionality like a office call center, but I didn’t really need that kind of stuff so I never really took the names of the apps down. Just look up VoIP in the Market and they will come up.

          • Trueblue711

            I’ll have to check some of those out. Thanks!

    • Tim242

      They can’t discontinue GV. It is bound by federal regulations due to number porting.

      • Trueblue711

        They would have to provide a way to port your number, but I doubt the gov. can force them to keep the service alive.

    • Steve Benson

      It’s not going to die because Google will have their own wireless carrier launch within the next three years.

  • Trolling post of the night.

  • Bruce

    I nearly ejaculated myself. Thanks for nothing.

  • spursrchamps2007

    I had google voice with my Tbolt because of the visual vmail. Now that I switched to tmob and got visual voicemail for free not even bothering to install voice. I would if the speech to text feature actually worked and I could just read the vmail, but it is never even close to right. Really wish they would get that working and i would install it again, cmon google.

    • Tyler

      I find that you can usually get the general idea of the message from reading the transcript. But if you compare it to Google search using voice its awful.

      • spursrchamps2007

        That is what confuses me the most, how it is the voice search understands me 95 percent of the time but it can only transcribe like 40 percent of a voicemail lol.

        • Tyler

          Yeah, pretty sure its Google not putting effort into it. I feel it wouldn’t be to hard to port it over to GV.

        • Riz Virani

          Google Now (Search) and Google Voice probably have different voice readers.

    • Christopher Riner

      Man, I thought that’s all it was good for too (VM and transcribing) but if you get on your desktop computer and go to the actual Google voice web page you’ll find there ate all kinds of cool things you can do with Google voice. Trust me, its way more badass then Google let’s you think it is šŸ˜‰

  • Rabid Rotty

    Useless for me since I can’t get a Canadian phone #


    Voice has been the ugly step child for Google. It got a facelift after the G-Nex was born, but after that nothing else.

    • Riz Virani

      Patience, my friend.

  • Even when I have updated, I still have some troubles

  • steve30x

    I wonder if this fixed this bug or problem I have encountered lately.. GV stopped delivering my voicemails to me about two weeks ago, I even deleted a lot of my old voicemails. Anybody experienced this? Tried uninstalling, clearing data etc.

    • I just thought that was how GV worked.

      • steve30x

        I have had Google Voice way back when it was an invite and always worked well with three devices I had. Im gonna try again this time if not then I will try other similar apps for visual voicemail like phonefusion’s voicemail, I tried youmail but the screen kept going black on my device when I was playing back a voicemail.

    • Alexa White

      I ran into a similar problem about that same time, but it was texts that went missing. Found all my missing messages in the spam folder.

  • Dave Bowen

    I’ve been sending feedback to Google regarding the horrible UI for a while now. It’s so aggravating that they can come out with a massaging app that is worthy of the Google name.
    Getting sick of waiting Google!

    • EC8CH

      Watch out Google…

    • antinorm

      A “massaging” app? You’d have to have a phone with a really strong vibrate feature for that to work.

    • Gianflavio Gordillo

      i would also love a massaging app. i get back from work so stressed. DAMN IT GOOGLE GIVE ME MASSAGES

  • Trevor

    Holy expletive! They updated it! At least they haven’t forgotten about Voice users. In the words of Tobias Funke: “There are dozens of us!”

    • michael arazan

      Would Love To See A Pole on How many people use voice

      • sonicyoof


        • Trevor

          Haha, that’s also a fairly accurate representation of Voice users vs Time the longer Google goes without properly updating the app…

  • kane

    Come on goog we demand satisfaction. Make GVoice betta

  • mattatwar

    it says better SMS delivery for the update

  • BaconEater

    maybe they fixed the playback bug that came back once again in 4.2.*

  • Actually, my wife and I have been seeing a lot of stability issues lately on our s3 phones. If this fixes those issues, we’ll be happy.

  • Royal2000H

    Exclamation point in the title!!!!

    And then “No Babel love. No UI update. No MMS.”
    Why you gotta play with my emotions like that, Kellen?

    • aadiman

      $85 an hour! Seriously I don’t know why more people haven’t tried this, I work two shifts, 2 hours in the day and 2 in the eveningā€¦And whats awesome is Im working from home so I get more time with my kids. Heres where I went, http://www.hdcash1.com

  • Wonder if we’ll actually start getting voice mail notifications for a change? That would be cool.

    • I’ve had no problems with voicemail notifications.

    • Riz Virani

      You do know you have to set the notifications on Google voice to on, right?

      • lol, yeah I figured that.

    • roninpenguin

      I’ve been having sporadic problems with that and receiving my SMS as well. The other week I went several days without messages then all of a sudden they all showed up at once when I manually refreshed.

      • Christopher Riner

        Are your signal bars blue at the top? Actually, I’m not sure how you would tell if a non vanilla android device is connected, but on my gnex the signal bars turn blue up top when I’m connected to googles servers. When they are grey you don’t get push notifications from any Google services. You might have had something going on with your gapps keeping you from being connected to their servers. Something to look into for those not getting push notifications.

        • roninpenguin

          Yep, had full signal strength and was on and off of my home WiFi several times. It was defiantly a bug in Google Voice as I received E-Mail and other notifications just fine during that time.

  • I almost sent in a tip, but then I was like NOPE, Kellen will post shortly haha

  • V.A. N.

    LOL…did you have to use an exclamation point at the end of your header?

  • Mapekz

    AndroidPolice did an APK tear down and found that other apps will be able to pull Google Voice settings now. This hints at either better integration with the phone app or potentially with Babel.