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New Google Voice includes integrated voicemail for 2% of Android users

2 years ago 41

Visual voicemail is one of the top reasons I use Google Voice on my Android phone. Today Google announced that this cool feature has now been integrated directly into the call log of the native dialer. It’s nothing too groundbreaking, but it will save Google Voice users from having to jump back and forth between the call log and Google Voice app.

Unfortunately, the new integrated visual voicemail is only supported on Android 4.0+, which means only about 2% of current devices can access it. New developer APIs available in Android 4.0 allow third-party applications to integrate with the Phone app to add their own voice messages, transcriptions, and more to the visual voicemail inbox. Carriers have begun to update more devices to Android 4.0 every week, so you could see it soon.

I’ve been using it to manage my voicemail for a couple years, but there is an odd bug on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus that keeps sending my voicemails to the carrier inbox when I ignore a call. Hopefully this recent update addresses that issue.

Just out of curiosity, how many of you use Google Voice on a regular basis?

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