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Google Voice may be getting slow rollout of MMS support

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Google Voice may be getting slow rollout of MMS support
It's no secret that we love Google Voice. It's got a great feature set, and especially for those of us who play with multiple phones, it is great to have one number to rule them all. That said, Google Voice hasn't really been one of the more supported Google products as far as feature updates, but some users are reporting that may be about to change. 

Reports are coming out that some Sprint users are seeing a form of MMS support coming to Google Voice. It seems that if you have SMS forwarding to e-mail set up in Google Voice, you may be able to receive MMS messages. There have been confirmed reports of both images and video attachments coming through in e-mail after being forwarded from Google Voice. 

The rollout seems to be moving fairly slowly, and there has been no official word from Google about any feature update, but you can test out if the feature has hit your device by turning on SMS forwarding to e-mail, and see if you get any MMS messages working. As we said, it does seem to be limited to Sprint users right now. We tested it on a T-Mobile Nexus One with no dice.

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posted on 13 Oct 2011, 21:24 1

1. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Wow iPhone has been doing mms since 2009. Google is pathetically behind. And no decent voice controls either.


#APPLEMONEYTEAM

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 21:35 7

2. firelightx (unregistered)


Huh. You must not know what google voice is, do you?

I'll give you a hint, it has literally NOTHING to do with Android. It's a service that can be used in conjunction with any phone. Even the most basic flip phone. Even an iPhone.

And given a proper setup, it lets you answer calls to your cell phone from your computer. Or from your housephone.

And it does it all at no extra cost.

Maybe you should go lie down and take a breather. You're trying too hard at this trolling thing.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 21:35 7

3. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2673; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Android has full MMS support in the Messaging app. Google Voice is not the default SMS client for Android, it's a separate app, and it does many things that the iPhone can't come close to matching. Come on Taco, pick your battles.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 21:59

6. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Interesting what does google voice do that the iPhone can't match? This is an especially interesting comment since google voice is available on the iPhone.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:05 6

7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2673; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Google Voice is available in limited form on iOS, but it isn't as deeply integrated as with Android. What I meant was that Apple had no services to match Google Voice.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:06 2

8. firelightx (unregistered)


I don't think iPhone can get the app like Android can. You can still have the calls forwarded to the iPhone, but it doesn't have the full integration that the google voice app provides.

Kinda like how the iPhone has google maps, but not the full navigation that android gets out of it.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:14

9. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


It has all the same functionality, but it's not integrated quite as well.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 23:01 1

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Lol your own comment contradicts itself

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 23:33

14. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


no it doesn't

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:28 1

10. firelightx (Posts: 71; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Ah.... no. No it doesn't have all the same functionality. Google Maps on Android gives you turn-by-turn GPS, complete with speaking the streets outloud, just like Tom-Tom. And they get it for free.

The iPhone, if I recall, gets a $45 app from Tom-Tom, which costs EXTRA when you need to update it's map, or the $10 a month carrier-specific GPS that doesn't offer nearly the level of features that Google Maps does.

Also, here's a good place to bring up voice controls: I can say things like "Navigate to Walmart" to my android phone, and it will pull up a list of nearby walmarts. I pick one, and it boots up the GPS. Say all you want about Siri, but it can't do that one.

As for Google Voice? Google Voice supports texting (and now apparently working on MMS) but you can only receive those texts on an iPhone by having them forwarded to your emai. Android treats them like true text messages and allows you to respond to them right there.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 23:34

15. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Not true iPhone has a google voice app that you can get all texts and voicemails to. You can also call out with your google number from the app

#APPLEMONEYTEAM

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 01:54 1

17. Madden (unregistered)


Dude taco....stfu....please.....
Why don't we start with the iphone 2G....-->Didn't have MMS or 3G support (and 3G was released back in 2004 already)....
Don't think that's true? Google that shiot.....or....you must have never even used 1.....
But hey....anything that's "FACT"...that you hate.....you call facking BLASPHEMY!!!! LmFao!!!!
Seriously.....get a fackinggggggadsijgoadsijgdas lifeeeee

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 21:39 2

5. Andman314 (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Dude if you could read...... "GOOGLE VOICE" is slowly getting MMS support. We are not talking about the android system or IOS. Plus if you are talking about all those other app that you find in the app store. Most of them suck unlike Google voice. :)

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:57 1

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Wtf! Dude seriously? Looking less like a talker and more like a basher with the passing days

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 08:47 1

18. onilink67 (unregistered)


Its cool Android has had MMS since 2008 at launch

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 21:38 5

4. firelightx (unregistered)


Wait, I just realized something. iPhone didn't support MMS until 2009? Even though it came out in '07?

I'm pretty sure I was sending MMS from my LG Rumor in '08. What's up with that?

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:59 1

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


iPhone added support on a later version of ios

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 01:21 2

16. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


Wow he just sh@ted on the iphone and didn't even know it thanks taco for your words of wisdom "it didn't get mms till 2009" hell my little flip phone had mms in 09 whats up with that. Roboteatsappleteam

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 18:51

19. roscuthiii (Posts: 1801; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I think I'm most fond of the spanking Michael gave Taco. The Google Voice MMS support is merely a side bar.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 22:13

20. merdoc (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


plain in simple iphone sucks and google and android will rule the world

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