Saturday, July 25, 2009

Google Voice Apps For Android And Blackberry Are Here

Google Voice is now more useful for BlackBerry and Android users. It has released apps for both platforms that provide access to the service’s features. With Google Voice mobile app for Blackberry and Android, users can now make calls and send SMS messages with their Google Voice number directly from their mobile phone. The app is fully integrated with each phone’s contacts, so they can call via Google Voice straight from the address book.

The main function of the apps is to make it easier to use your Google Voice phone number by automatically routing outbound calls through Google and to the recipient. Google Voice users get a phone number that should be the only number that they give out to people.

You route calls to mobile, home and other phones based on who’s calling and when. But there’s always been a nagging problem with the service - when you call out from your phones, people don’t see your Google Voice number on caller ID. They just see whatever phone number you are calling from. That means your friends have to store another phone number for you, or they don’t know who’s calling.

The Apps also allow users to access the core features of Google Voice. Listen to/read voice-mails and text messages (all voice-mails are automatically transcribed as well), access call history, send SMS and place international calls at low rates.

If you use more than one mobile, Google voice enables you to use one number for all of them, along with the ability to make outgoing text messages and calls, and international rates that start from US2c per minute.

Google Voice now seamless integrates with your phone’s address book, and when you call or text someone they see your Google Voice number rather than your mobile number.

You can also view your call history and, via the transcription feature, read your voice-mail – yes you read that right.

Google engineering manager David Singleton and product manager Marcus Foster assured that they were working on an iPhone app as well, and said it’s possible to use many Google Voice features via the mobile website.