Google explains why ICS has no built-in visual voicemail app
0. phoneArena 19 Nov 2011, 11:46 posted on
Ice Cream Sandwich doesn't come with a built-in visual voicemail app, but according to Google, it does have an API, which will allow each voicemail provider to supply their own solution...
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1. threeline (Posts: 267; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
This is good news because this hints towards the phone being release on multiple carriers hopefully US carriers like Sprint. Sprint does have its own visual voicemail app. Just wishing this is the case.
2. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)
I believe all of the carriers have visual voicemail apps (at least Verizon does too), but the article is referring to a universal visual voicemail app, that works with all the carriers. The iPhone has universal visual voicemail in the Phone app, and it works on all of the carriers the iPhone is on.
3. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2700; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Remember this is a global phone. Multiple carriers could easily just mean Verizon plus carriers in other countries.
4. threeline (Posts: 267; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
Oh ok, thanks for clearing that up fo me. Thumbs up for both of you.
6. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
michael, did you get my email this morning about ICS not having flash support out of the box? Figured that would have up with like 100 troll posts by now :)
14. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
That's ok remix. Just like the rest of you android fanboys, you'll just have to SHAMELESSLY change your mind about flash being necessary and say that mobile devices are better off without flash :)
18. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
u didnt read the article, or you didnt comprehend it. The whole point of the article is because I know you and a few others would just comment and troll without actually reading the article, which would garner a few extra hits for the site. I was trying to help the site and be a productive member (that happens every once and a while). Thanks for proving me right.
25. medicci37 (Posts: 1271; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
@ 530 gemini When you buy a iphone most of your choices are made for you by your big brother steve. But most Android users dont think freedom of choice is a bad thing! If I want flash,I will go 2 the android marketplace and install it :)
8. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
yea, i think at this point all US carriers have a branded VVM app.
michael, dont say such blasphemy.. tmo is gonna get it!! lol. if i chant it enough times will it make it true? it didnt work for the exynos wish.. lol. :(
22. belovedson (Posts: 977; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
I am confident Sprint will get it\'s own version only it will be delayed. The deep integration Sprint and Google voice helps.
5. ThePhoneGURU (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
who cares about voicemail anymore? i think ive gotten maybe 2 voicemails in the last year. you want visual voicemail? its called a text message.
7. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
some people still make calls. Im not one of them, but some do. Otherwise there would be no need to have an unlimited voice plan. :)
I like VVM for the simple fact that you dont have to dial through to that annoying VM machine, punch in a bunch of numbers, listen for prompts and all that. It comes to the phone, i hit play... done. one button reply/ text reply.
9. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Get phone fusion....end of discussion.....
11. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
In my opinion this is a dead issue. I have a 3rd party app that I use for visual voicemail just fine. The last thing I want is a carrier dependent option that costs money (free versus the 5 a month Verizon charges). It really is a pointless endeavor.
13. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Native vvm on the iphone does not cost extra. But whatever you say :)
17. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
VVM on android is free. Its normally a carrier based app though. Functionality is the same. And you can also use google voice VVM and all sorts of other options for free on the market. Quit trolling.
12. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)
Yeah, just another sell out by Google, so that verizon can make a buc.
15. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
If this article was about the iphone not including vvm. This article would already have a thousand comments from android fanboys saying how incompetent, stupid, and inferior the iphone is :) But since it's about android, it totally makes sense not to include vvm natively, hahahahaha.
16. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Dude really? troll bait? Ah such is the internet. ICS doesn't have a dedicated VVM app because carriers have their own ideas about it, fact is no one really cares since we all text the crap out of each other anyway. I've had 4 VM this entire year, lol. Google is doing what makes the most sense, there is a bloody API for third parties to create their own VVM solutions and you know that Google will have their own readily available soon. Like some of you people don't know much about giving and taking in business, you have to gives something in order to capitalize. Meh doubt many people will be bothered by this considering how little the comments section on this article is...:-)
21. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Stupid comment - as voicemail is done by the carrier or by a third-party....iphone does not just come with visual voicemail - the carrier has to include it in your plan - at AT&T, customer can choose data plans with or without visual voicemail - even with the new LTE 4G Androids, AT&T can add visual voicemail for free if customers want it. It is not up to google and manufacturers to ensure the phones have voicemail, just to ensure that customers can access normal voicemail, which is still provisioned by the carrier in billing....
20. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Lucky they don't even use voicemail a lot in here or have interest in visual voicemail
23. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
lol, it has been 2 years, I believe, since I last had to hold down the 1 key to listen to voicemail.
24. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
with so many ways of leaving someone a message that's less confusing and frustrating these days (if they cant call me they just send me a text with the message they save minutes by not getting charged for the call and i save minutes because i have to pay for it like a normal call)
26. BattleBrat (Posts: 1432; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I just got the RAZR but I use Google Voice. I first got a cell phone 4 years ago, and I NEVER set up my voicemail, the passwords I tried using didn't work so I never retrieved them (yes there are 4 year old voicemails in my Verizon voicemail box which is full) I installed Google voice not knowing anything about the voicemail thing, and suddenly I started getting emails saying I have a voicemail from "insert contact name here" and on some calls I even got a transcription! I told myself I didn't know what the hell this was but I'd take it. But my initial reason for installing Google Voice was for a phone number that would ring to my cell, that way I have a disposable number (for dating, online meets, etc.)