As a part of this job, I have the (depending on how you look at it) pleasure of setting up new Android devices more often than any normal human should. The process, which has become much easier and more automated on Lollipop, can be both tedious and exciting. On one hand, you have to sign-in to every single app all over again, but on the other, you get to start playing with a brand new phone or tablet. For the most part, the joy of using a brand new phone outweighs the 20-30 minutes it may take to set it up.
Over the years, my setup process has become much tighter, leaner, and more efficient. Instead of installing a hundred or so apps with each new device that comes across my desk, I often only install a select few apps that I can’t live without. Since I tend to spend only a couple of weeks with a phone during a review period before sending it back to its owner, I’ve realized that I probably don’t need three different Twitter apps and a package tracker and credit card managers and four different photo editors.
These days, when I setup a device, I can get get by with a group of specific apps that you wouldn’t typically find pre-installed on a phone. Obviously, I’m a huge Google services user, but those related apps are all installed before I boot a new phone for the first time. If we look outside of those (Gmail, Hangouts, Maps, etc.), here are the first 15 I install every time. (more…)
In today’s Hangouts update, two new features that weren’t previously mentioned have been pointed out by Mayur Kamat, who is the product manager of Google Voice and Hangouts. (more…)
Confirming what we reported last week, Google software engineer Dylan Salisbury writes on Google+ that Google Voice MMS messaging with Verizon Wireless subscribers is now officially supported. That means, as he points out, that MMS through Google Voice should work with all major carriers in the US and Canada.
In a related announcement, Salisbury said Hangouts is gaining native MMS support for photo messaging; pictures sent to Voice recipients via MMS will now appear natively, instead of as a link. As for the other major feature of MMS, group messaging, it will be apparently be enabled in a coming update. (more…)
Last month, the Google Voice team announced that they had expanded MMS support to nearly 100 North American carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. As you all know, Verizon wasn’t included in the list, for whatever reason. Google’s Alex Wiesen mentioned in their announcement that they were “big fans of text messaging interoperability” and that non-participating carriers should reach out for help on gaining the functionality, which some took as a subtle jab at Big Red. (more…)
Google Voice team member, Alex Wiesen, took to Google+ this afternoon to announce that they have expanded MMS support to nearly 100 North American carriers as of today, a group that includes Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T. If you use Google Voice on a regular basis, you know how big of a deal this is, as you have likely missed out on picture messages from friends at some point. As Wiesen points out, with this new carrier support, you can say “goodbye to FOMO (fear of missing out).” (more…)
With the Google Voice and Hangouts merger in full swing (again), most of you who use a combination of the service are now noticing an added benefit – SMS and MMS through both Gmail and the Chrome extension for Hangouts. If you have a Google Voice number that has now been associated with Hangouts, you can choose to send an SMS to contacts, assuming you have attached a number to their contact information. (more…)
Last night, we told you not to stress about the merging of Hangouts and Google Voice because Google had reverted all of the early adopters anyway. Well, this morning, a number of our readers are once again being prompted to go ahead and bring SMS and Voicemails over from Voice into Hangouts. Yep, the merger is back on. (more…)
Yesterday, we talked a lot about the new Hangouts update that added in the ability to make voice calls. We also talked even more about how the service had finally merged with Google Voice. At least we thought it had.
The night before the Hangouts update arrived, a number of users (us included) received a message in Hangouts and Google Voice, asking us to merge our experiences together. So, we did. Voicemails started arriving in Hangouts, as did our texting experience with a Google Voice number, along with semi-MMS support. It was a glorious time. (more…)