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Google Voice Receives Update on Android…Support for Short Codes and Bug Fixes

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Google Voice, an app we are expecting to see the death of at any minute as Google merges its functionality into Hangouts, received an update today. It’s minor. Like, super minor. The changelog has already been updated, showing that the app now adds warnings when someone attempts to send text messages to 911. It also supports new short codes and fixes bugs. That’s it.ย 

What’s new:

  • Added warning when attempting to send text messages to 911
  • Support for new short codes
  • Bug fixes

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  • rarnedsoum

    After they killed Latitude and fucked up Gmail, I’m looking for options to bail. After 8 years, I can honestly say, F Google.

  • mgamerz

    Guys, it says “Support for new short codes”, not all short codes. There’s likely a whitelist of shortcodes, like the hangouts SMS validator and other ones.

  • trwb

    I am glad to see we can finally send pic and vid messages over gv lol

  • deskjob

    Just updated my GV but still can’t send to short code… am I missing something?

  • jaredgreenwald

    still can’t receive short code messages – tried to re-signup for redbox promo texts and never got a response

  • br_hermon

    I use GV as a work number for myself. If google screws with this app / service too much I’m going to have to search for a new VOIP.

  • atlantadoug

    Keep hearing about the death of Google voice based on zero evidence. Google knows a large number of its apps customers use voice for business and will leave it in some form.

    • Ryan Stewart

      The annoying thing is if they pulled their heads out and actually merged the services and made it great they could really kick iMessage in the wedding tackle.

      SMS/MMS/Chat of all kinds/Group video chat/visual voice-mail all in the same place WITH the added benefit of a burner number that you can control like your GMail inbox? You’d have to really, really hate Google to be able to say no to that?

  • imns

    i just want MMS/multi recipient support

  • cromo8

    Still to this day does not fully support HTC ONE.

  • Dan

    supporting short codes is huge! now I can text espn talk radio! and yes, I have no texting on my regular line.

  • @GoogleGoliath

    Is MMS ever going to be a possibility?

    • Guy

      MMS requires deals with carriers. We know how much they love Google Products.

  • hfoster52

    What’s a short code?

  • mhoe

    Anyone Have Problems Simply Playing Back A Voice Mail? I’ve Had issues For Years On Multiple Phones It Seems Like. I Hit Play, It Starts, It Stops Half Second Later, I Hit Play Again, It Stops Half Second Later… Repeat Etc etc

    • scruffykid

      Yes! This happens without fail every time I listen to a voice mail.

    • jbdan


    • Every single time. Some times you have to hit play 2-3 times to get it to work.

      • John

        Annoying workaround is when you load up GV app, hit the sync button manually, even tho it shows it auto sync onLoad. Otherwise, you have to hit play 3 times during playback.

      • zepfloyd

        I have to refresh multiple times or wait an hour for the translation to appear too.

      • Shankar

        I had the same problem. I set the voicemail display to the call log and it works perfectly. The voicemails show up in the call logs and you can play it back directly from there.

    • hfoster52

      That’s why I have it email me so I can listen to it from the email. Seems to be more reliable.

    • Wes

      My first thought! So annoying

    • brkshr

      Hit play, wait 5-10 seconds for it to download, hit play again.

    • Ryan Stewart

      Its because its not “pushed” and has to download it via the data connection. Its one of the positives/negatives of Google Voice. It all goes over data. The downside it is doesn’t go over data well. I hate that the positives of the service keep me addicted (ultimate in number portability, I can change SIM’s at will and, as far as you know, my number never changes).

      Positive though is even without cell signal I can receive VMail and SMS, just does it over wifi. Negative, well if you are without data of any kind then you arent getting either.

  • CasperTFG

    My eyes are deceiving me…was the post picture changed?

  • a3uge

    “Added warning when attempting to send text messages to 911”

    ***curiously sends text to ‘911’ to see what the error message says***

    • Dan


      • a3uge

        It said my phone is now waterproof!?

        • She_Beast

          Why you son of a…

        • JoshGroff

          Software updates tend to do that.

  • Jimas

    still waiting for staged rollouts…

    any chance you have the apk? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jimas

    Do you mean that just sending short codes work, or can Google Voice now receive short codes too?

    • All it says is support for short codes

      • JoshGroff

        The most detailed update description I’ve seen so far.

        I’m half tempted to build an app just to make an update log along the lines of “we changed some stuff.”

        • John

          Love the typical “misc bug fixes” that almost all devs put at the end of a changelog. I honestly wonder sometimes if they really made some of those said “misc bug fixes”, or if they just tack that in there to make it come off as a better update.

    • James Heyneman

      Just for giggles I tried sending a text to sign up for JCP rewards to 527365 and it says “GoogleVoice does not support sending to a short code. Do you want to send it via native SMS? (You may be charged based on your plan.)”

      This was with the new version.

      • Thanks for reporting back with that. I have no idea what the changelog could mean then. Strange.

  • I retweeted this, then clicked the link to find out it’s just bug fixes ๐Ÿ™

  • shortcodes? would love a breakdown of the new functions. thanks.

  • Chris Kirby

    can’t believe gvoice was actually updated ๐Ÿ™‚ still waiting for that promised voice and hangouts integration…hopefully soon.

    • Jon

      I’m crossing my fingers that it’s something they will reveal with 4.4 Kit Kat reveal.

      • Chris Kirby

        I think that makes sense. The timing seems right and this type of integration would be at the os level and not the “intent” level.

    • Mike

      That’s 2 GV updates this year. I’m scared!

    • John Burke

      Voice, Hangouts & SMS integration.