Mar 22 AT 4:13 PM Taylor Wimberly 41 Comments

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


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?


Source: Google Voice Blog

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  • spazby

    I am using it all the time but I am not ice cream yet…..

  • BlkSquad

    I’ve been using it since I first got the invite for it. I also got an out of state number so my family could call me and not have to worry about long distance.

  • someone

    Did you setting the conditional call forwarding correctly? Sounds like you don’t.. :)

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yep it’s all setup. Sometimes it works and others it doesn’t. I’d say around 75% of my voicemails go to Google Voice and 25% go to Verizon.

  • kwills88

    All that’s left is for Google to turn Google voice into their own carrier network and make it global. That doesn’t sound like a farfetched idea when you think about it.

    • GeauxLSU

      they need to support mms first.

      • professandobey

        Why? Email is such a better way to get pictures nowadays. Plus there’s Google+ and Facebook for you social butterflies. All I’d like is for it to tell me when someone tries to mms me.

        • Michael F

          Why? Because people send me mms messages that I can’t receive and it’s cumbersome to ask every person who tries to send me an mms to resend it as email.

  • pwntastic

    I’ve been using it since it came out; it’s the number I list on all my contact info so I can screen calls before I answer.

    I’m on ICS too, so this should be cool

  • jm

    It’s strange that the article fails to mention an equally important new feature in this update: variable speed voice mail playback.

    I’ve been using Google Voice non-stop since July of 2009. Currently, on a Nexus S 4G on ICS 4.0.3.

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  • fletchtb

    I use Google Voice for all calls except to certain numbers on Verizon Wireless that won’t text me back (and cost me $ since I don’t have a text plan and use GV for all texts).

    I use a great app called Voice Choice to manage that list of exceptions. Everyone else just thinks my Google Voice number is the only way to reach me.

    • someone

      KickButt!…Been wanting an app like this, works great thanks!

  • Abraham Williams

    Google Voice is the only number that I give out except for services that use shortcodes.

    I was getting voicemail notifications by text on my Galaxy Nexus too until I disabled “Notify me of new voicemails via text” in the phone options page.

  • F.P. van der Leur

    I’ve never used it, because it’s limited to the US. So the 2% you are mentioning here is far too high!

    • MarkT

      Agreed – I have all the ingredients…just lacking the actual service in the UK…

      • h0ruza

        This has been the case for years now which is a shame.

        If a had one wish it would be that my Google experience was the same as the US. There is Androids main issue for me. I love it don’t get me wrong but the world would love it if Android had a consistent experience and built upon that experience.

        A phone should have the same features no matter where it is. It would be ace if at Google IO someone got on the case during the Q&A after the keynote.

        I’ve been waiting so long to use the music service and Google Voice.

  • Alex Rodrigues

    Less than 2%, because I live in Brazil and as I’m outside the USA do not have access, but use the ICS

  • Jeremiah

    Been using a Google Voice number since pre-launch; keeping my old area code for one set of friends and the new number for everyone out here in Denver! It has been very nice to have two numbers on one phone!

  • mikeadonis

    Use it all the time for text and VM. Its integrated on my Evo through Sprint. I haven’t checked out the update on my Transformer with ICS

  • Biosfear

    I would use it, if it was available in Australia :(

    • Chise

      Yeah same here, wish it worked in Australia.. Dito with Google Music

  • Paul Jamieson

    So is GV only available in the US, or is it just the update that is available in the US?
    What are it’s limitations? I have a Samsung Note .. no ICS till 2ndQ …
    I live in Canada and love to try it out … just need more info about issues you guys are
    having .. thx

    • Paul Jamieson

      Ok, I’m answering my own question, as I did a little investigative work after posting my last comment ..
      GV is only available to US carrier subscribers, and by the looks of it only certain carriers …
      I do see a lot of comments about it moving out of the US soon .. but nothing concrete :(
      Our carriers up here are so scared of losing customers (or $$$) that I cannot see Google really getting this service off the floor, unless they become a Canadian carrier themselves, which would be totally awesome….

  • Steve

    If you’re not part of the 2% and want this feature, you need to demand that your carrier upgrade your OS. Don’t blame Google for moving forward.

  • jd

    Sadly, I am Chinese so most of my calls are in Chinese. GV is handy when caller speaks English but otherwise it just shows me some gibberish.

  • Simian

    It’d be nice just to have access to GV period… Stupid Canadian regulation.

  • Ludo

    Well, as stated before in other words, the author seems to forget that US =! the rest of the world and that Google is US-centric…

  • Eraser

    Would love to use GV, but it’s not available in Estonia. :)

  • nateysmith

    This is a very cool update. Love Google always trying to improve their products!

  • mattcoz

    Damn, that’s a nice feature, too bad I just switched back to GB from ICS so I could use my camera.

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    Google Voice is not available at my country, been waiting forever.

  • shawn

    I have used it for years and love it, dinc2

  • Geraldo Riviera

    Haha! I am the 2%! (And it works!)

  • 3rdpig

    I’ve been using Google Voice since Youmail started putting really obtrusive ads in their app, must have been about a year ago. Not on ICS yet, maybe by the time the next Nexus is released VZ and Moto will get around to releasing ICS for the Bionic. And then again, maybe not.

  • geocjohnson

    supper android supper nokia fucker it to bad