Google Voice

Google Voice just got itself a nice little update today, with a slew of improvements coming down the pike. They are:

  • Asynchronous SMS sending (offline queuing) Google says it works synchronously for multiple recepients.
  • New style UI in Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Official user feedback menu on each screen. (Brought forward, out of the dogfood menu)


Head into the Android market to get your update on, or we've got download links after the break.


Reader comments

Google Voice updated with new features, new icon


Are you sure these are the changes with the latest update? Seems like these were in the prior version.

Maybe you got earlier notification of the update? I haven't seen notice on my device yet and didn't know it was released until now.

Correct What's New:
*Asynchronous SMS sending (offline queuing) - Note that it still works synchronusly for multiple recipients
*New style UI in Honeycomb and ICS
*Official user feedback menu on each screen (previously dogfood menu)

They failed to mention the new permission, Read sensitive Log data,
Perhaps used with the feedback menu.

To get the update, log in to the market on your PC, go to Voice and hit install even though it already says installed. It will update on your phone.

I noticed this update when I downloaded Chrome but I'm having some issues. The market shows the new icon for Google Voice in "My Apps" and shows that an update is available. Click on the app to update and it brings my to the app details page but only shows the options to "Open" or "Uninstall" and shows the old Google Voice Icon. I'm using a GSM Galaxy Nexus.

Mine updated, but the old icon was still on my homescreen. Had to delete it and then readd it to my homescreen from the app drawer to get the new icon.

My icon didn't change. Maybe i have to clear my dalvik cache or something. Not that i really care.

I think I figured it out. It's because I am using the matted blues theme and that icon is themed I believe.

Hopefully the notification update fixes the bug where the notification icon doesn't clear after some checked messages (especially ones checked on desktop)

Two features I want to see in Google Voice:

1) MMS (!!!)
2) Easy way to return to main Inbox list. As it is now, you have to hit the "back" button, sometimes dozens of times, and even then it might not take you to the Inbox again and instead exit out of the app.

I hope Ben doesn't see this post. It must be terrible having to talk to Rene all the time. I have an interest in all mobile products but his crap is so biased and he's such a troll I avoid the imore site now.

Will this fix the grouping issue? Where if you start a new text, it doesn't continue the conversation with the same person

I don't know if this is new, but now I can make a phone call from my Xoom. I don't believe I was able to do that before.