Sep 21 AT 12:44 PM Edgar Cervantes 15 Comments

European (global?) Google Voice release in the works


Google Voice is one of the best services the Search Giant has to offer. With free texting, visual voicemail and call-forwarding on all your phones, along with cheap international calls, Google Voice has been saving us all quite a bit of cash. Not only does this service save users money, but it also provides a convenient, multi-platform environment. Like other great services, though, Google Voice is limited to the US. Google is now looking to change this.

Google’s European Director of Business Development, Jens Redmer, made a surprise appearance at the European Pirate Summit in Cologne, Germany. After holding a Q&A session, Redmer mentioned that Google is taking “concrete work” on making Google Voice available to European nations. (And, we assume, other continents/countries, as well).

As expected, no dates or time frames were given. (Google does not tend to talk much about services/products ahead of announcements). Redmer did clarify, however, that the delay is not only due to the work it takes for Google to port the service over. It was explained that telephone services have to go through certain legal hoops, which can be a bit time-consuming.

While the service is not yet available, Martin Bryant (from The Next Web) got some good news after the session was over. Redmer told him that, while the service is not available in Europe yet, it is actually working already. Google has been “dogfooding” (internally testing) this service in the European nations. Redmer has been using it personally, and it seems like his favorite feature is the Visual Voicemail (voicemail transcription).

Since Google Voice is all set to work in Europe, the service should be coming out as soon as they go through the legal processes. This shouldn’t take too long, but you never know. When do you think this service will start hitting other countries? What other markets do you think Google is planning to release this service in? Are any of our international readers excited to check out Google Voice?

Via: Android Police

Source: The Next Web

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • Smile

    Finally !

    • Google invoice

      the next flop after google+?
      who knows…

  • Ragnar

    i live in germany and am a huge fan of google and android. i can’t WATI to get voice! and the fact that it’s actually the german google dud, making an appearance in cologne sounds VERY promising to me (as “eu” can also mean thinggs like “in england, but not germany” sometimes…)

    Google Voice in germany would be a GREAT christmas present, i’ll get going on my “dear santa” right away.

    - make that a “lieber weihnachtsmann” ! :)

    • Ragnar

      see, iw as SO excited, that i made some really dumb typos…

      *wait, *dude, *things

      apologies all around, i’m actually a native english speaker :/

      • â•©

        England in eu wtf wtf england? wtf the riot country wtf

        • viking90

          agreed, england is a terrible country with a rotten society and way too many drunk guys.
          additionly, the youth is on riots in their capital ! lol whata fucked up country.

          • Ben

            um….where are you from then? name a country that has never had riots!? i bet yours has! and the riots have been over for ages now!

            Too many drunk guys!? depends on your definition of too many! you get drunken t**ts in every major city in every country in the world!

            You ever been here!? what makes it a terrible country? seems fine to me (apart from the weather!)

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    Great news! I guess the next market will be Asia, than finally Latin America. Sucks, we are the ones closer but always the last, but I guess it makes sense, our services are not as developed or fast.

  • Dragonithe

    Can’t wait for a release here in Europe!

    Maybe they will integrate it into ICS and launch both at the same time :)

  • festethejeste

    can anyone verify that google voice now works in canada?

  • EgoSapien

    They “Launched” Google Voice here in New Zealand, but it only works in the browser, and they refused to comment about their plan to bring any of the other features out, got me very excited then very disappointed.

  • Grahame

    I have been eating for this to come to Canada for years ! So happy! :-)

    • Jess Blanchard

      I’ve heard of people going on a hunger strike, but eating non-stop until something happens? That’s impressive. :P

  • Ann Monis

    What is with Google. Why launch in Europe? Aren’t you fed up of the anti-trust problems you have there? You people must love pain.

    Launch in Canada already!

  • pratap