Google Voice was one in all Google’s finest instruments: The concept of getting a single cellphone quantity for all your gadgets was helpful and uncomplicated in a time of extraordinarily frequent communication. Sadly, over time, Google let the nifty little voice service fall into relative disrepair—till in the present day, that’s.
For the primary time in 5—sure, 5—years, Google Voice is getting a significant a major UI update. In accordance with Google, the replace will make it simpler to maintain issues organized. The most important new options embrace the flexibility to ship group and photograph MMS messages; up to now, you had been restricted to SMS messages over Google Voice, until you occurred to have a Dash account.
The inbox now additionally has separate tabs for voicemail, textual content messages and name logs, however all conversations are threaded. So as a substitute of getting 400 totally different entries for texts with the identical quantity, all of them reside in a single place. Google additionally says it’s introducing voicemail transcription in Spanish.
The service may also appear to be a contemporary Google product and never one thing out of 2011. The replace is rolling out now and Google says everybody ought to have entry to the brand new Google Voice within the subsequent few weeks.
First launched in 2009 after Google acquired an organization known as Grand Central, Google Voice pioneered most of the options we noticed with messaging years earlier than firms similar to WhatsApp or Fb Messenger ever arrived on the scene. The first thought was that you just had one quantity that would ring your mobile phone, your work cellphone, and your burner cellphone, unexpectedly. It additionally labored with SMS textual content messaging, and the service supplied voicemail transcription options. Utilizing an app for iOS, Android or the online, you would additionally make outgoing calls from the Google Voice number, maintaining your precise quantity non-public and secure.
However then Google all however deserted the mission. Again in 2014, we wrote extensively about how Google was slowly killing Google Voice, due to neglect and its resolution to morph it into Google Hangouts. Paradoxically, it now appears to be like like Google Hangouts is facing extinction, because the Google pivots the serviceextra in the direction of enterprise customers and away from common customers.
You may nonetheless entry Google Voice from the Google Hangouts app for iOS or Android, however Google says that shifting ahead, it should replace the Google Voice apps with new options.