3 Things to Know About Google Voice Update After Five Years


Google Voice app has finally been revived from its old feel as it finally receives a major update from Google. The company has made significant changes to the app as it looks to push forward their aim of ‘one number for life’.

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It’s been five years since the app was updated with new features and on Monday, Google started pushing the update on all platforms — Android, iOS and the web.

With the update, the app receives a new interface that looks cleaner and intuitive.

“When we first introduced Google Voice our goal was to create ‘one number for life’ — a phone number that’s tied to you, rather than a single device or location. Since then, millions of people have signed up to use Google Voice to call, text and get voicemail on all their devices,” writes Jan Jedrzejowicz, Product Manager, Google Voice.

Refreshed Look With an Organised Inbox

The outdated interface of the Google Voice apps has finally received the much-needed makeover as it now looks cleaner with three different tabs for text messages, calls and voicemails.

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The compose button is located at the bottom right corner of the screen on Android devices. Tapping it will show your contact list and a dial pad for calls. The iOS version gets the same three tabs on the bottom of the screen, and an additional tab — making it four in total — that houses the compose button.

The web app will get updated as soon as the user updates the smartphone app.

Ability to Send and Receive Images

Earlier when the service was launched, it was criticised for the lack of an option to send or receive images via MMS. With the current update, Google has added the much-awaited feature to the app.

Attaching an image to your message is as simple as it is with any other messaging service. Just tap on the image icon located on the bottom left of the screen — in the text box — select and send. Sending videos is still not supported.

Group Messaging

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Another feature that has been introduced in other popular messaging service and was in high demand at Google Voice apps too has been integrated into the app, making it easier to have conversations with your group of friends and family.

The app supports in-notification replies and has also introduced Spanish voicemail transcription.

“If you currently use Hangouts for your Google Voice communication, there’s no need to change to the new apps, but you might want to try them out as we continue to bring new improvements,” he added.

These updates are surely a boon for anyone in USA, who wish to make the Google Voice app their primary service for communications. If you want to get rid of Hangouts integration, the app will help you walk through the entire process.

Google had been neglecting its Voice service for quite some time now and although the fresh design and new features might work in its favour, if the app isn’t updated at regular intervals, it might soon lose its fresh touch again.

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