Google Voice used to be one of Google’s best tools: The idea of having a single phone number for all of your devices was handy and uncomplicated in a time of extremely frequent communication. Unfortunately, over the years, Google let the nifty little voice service fall into relative disrepair—until today, that is.
Google Voice has an incredibly useful function that provides you with a transcribed version of your voicemail—but if often gets things wrong. Now, Google is throwing neural networks at the problem to help improve its performance dramatically.
Google is now a cellphone carrier with the launch of Project Fi, and it carries over a few features from Google Voice. However, once you sign up for Project Fi, you lose a few Voice features, too.
I am a huge fan of what Google Voice can do. That's why I've been calling for a mercy kill, so that its best features can thrive in something other than a limp husk of a service. And now that Google is finally beginning to merge Voice into Hangouts, the process has started in earnest. This is very good news.
Google Voice is going to die and become a part of Hangouts. It's going to be great. And it might actually be happening soon because you can now make Hangouts calls from the Google Voice homepage.
Google Voice is a service we've loved for a long time, but any Voice user that's honest with themselves knows the service has been a second-class citizen for a while now. If you're feeling like it's time to move on, here's how to ease the transition (and even keep most of your favorite features in the process).
If there's one thing Google can do to help make its messaging better than ever, it's to kill the hulking zombie that is Google Voice and transplant its good parts into the still-living Google Hangouts. It hasn't happened yet, but now there's evidence in the Hangouts app that it might be coming soon.
This week I saw a demo of the best messaging system yet. One where SMS and non-SMS messages, all calls, come to all your devices automatically. It only had one major flaw. It's trapped on an iPhone.
Google Voice transcriptions read like they came out of the ass-end of a hair dryer. They're surprisingly terrible, especially since Google voice recognition is generally pretty reliable. Let's all point at laugh at your worst examples of botched voicemails, Google-style.
Brace yourself Google Voice fanboys, your treasured service is probably not long for this world. But don't you worry; the sooner it's dead the better we'll all be.
Google's making Google Voice more secure by requiring you to call from a phone number registered to your account in order to check your voicemails by phone. But maybe more noteworthy is that Google is still making minor tweaks to Voice instead of killing it and focusing on Hangouts already. What's up with that?
Even if it's not quite as amazing as it could be, Google Voice does some wonderful things. That's what makes it hard to admit the truth: It's time for Google Voice to die.
Remember when you were in preschool, sitting around in a circle, whispering a message from person to person until it reached the last kid in the chain and was completely different? As part of his "Digital Humor Theory" thesis, Pratt Institute graduate student Michael J. Silber did just that with Siri's text-to-voice…
As real-time communication is increasingly becoming the internet standard, Twelephone is stepping in taking voice and video calling straight to Twitter, no middleman required.
It's been over two months since Apple released iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 and Google has just now updated Google Voice.
Reports are coming in from the Google Voice help forums that SMS messages sent through Google Voice are being sent from random numbers. There are multiple complaints, including for voice SMS, claiming that the incorrect numbers are random, and different for each message.
Google's Circles feature is a great way to keep your various online social factions safely segregated. And, starting today, you can partition your Google Voice contact list the same way.
The Google Voice app for Android got a significant update today, unveiling a fancy UI facelift for Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich and finally implementing offline SMS queueing.
Group texts can be liberating and educational, as long as it's done with consenting, trustworthy partners. So rejoice, iOS Google Voice users. With today's update, you can finally be an SMS swinger.
Google just announced an extension to free domestic calls using Gmail and the Google Voice web app. I'm currently calling every phone in America. So yeah, I'm pretty excited about the news.