T-Mobile’s New DIGITS is the Latest 1-Number to Rule Them All Idea

This morning, T-Mobile took the wraps off its latest technology introduction, DIGITS. The idea here is very much Google Voice meets AT&T’s NumberSync in that you get to use a single phone number (your “DIGITS”) across multiple devices and have additional phone numbers funnel through it.

T-Mobile’s take on this type of technology allows you to access your “DIGITS” number (calls, contacts, texts, and voicemails) on phones, tablets, wearables and computers. You can even have it setup to funnel through an old flip phone. T-Mobile says that they are taking this 1-number to rule them all idea further by letting customers attach multiple T-Mobile numbers on the same device. That means accessing numbers from work, home, and a personal line on a single smartphone.  (more…)

And Then Google Voice Got Its First Update in Over a Year…

So, Google Voice just received its first update in over a year. The last time Google Voice got an update was when the Hangouts-Google Voice merger was supposed to have begun, which was on September 12 of last year.

In today’s update, which jumps the app up to v0.4.7.6 appears to be quite minor. In fact, we aren’t seeing anything new, so this must be background fixes or behind-the-scenes stuff that we don’t have access to. I should point out that this app also seems to be a dogfood version, which is what Google refers to internally tested apps. When installed, you’ll see the dog paw on the top right corner of that app’s icon.

If we find anything new, we’ll be sure to update this post.  (more…)

Google Voice Group SMS Receiving Works in Hangouts 4.0, Composing Will “in a Future Release” (EDITED)

If you are a Google Voice user, then you have to be excited about the fact that you can now receive group SMS through Hangouts on Android, the web, and iOS. As Google Voice’s Alex Wiesen puts it, this has been a “top feature request for Google Voice users for years.” With that said, the entire process isn’t quite complete, even with today’s update.  (more…)

Hangouts 4.0 for Android Rolls Out Today! (Updated: APK)

Oh boy, Hangouts 4.0 is official and rolling out today on Android. Google decided that Monday morning would be a great time to announce the big news and we couldn’t agree more.

The update introduces Material Design to the app, makes it simpler with a FAB compose button,  allows you to attach pictures and stickers and fun things easier, and should be faster all around.   (more…)

Google Voice Voicemail Transcriptions are Now Dramatically Better

Just over a year ago, Google asked Google Voice users for help in improving their voicemail transcription service because it often produced “humorously intelligible” results (see above). Today, the company reported back saying that thanks to participant help, they have been able to reduce transcription errors by 49%. And as a part of that announcement, Google has announced an improved voicemail system for Google Voice and Project Fi that delivers far more accurate transcriptions.  (more…)

Google Wants Your Thoughts on Google Voice in This Survey to Help Them “Prioritize Features”

Over two years ago now, Google told us that Hangouts was the future of Google Voice. I don’t know what kind of future they envisioned at that time, but Google Voice is still functioning today almost exactly as it was then – as is Hangouts. Now we also have Project Fi added to the whole equation, so the “future” is still mostly uncertain for one of Google’s services that is arguably one of its most innovative, even if the company has neglected it for years.  (more…)