Google Voice app coming for BlackBerry and Android phones

Google Voice app coming for BlackBerry and Android phones
For now, those using Google Voice could access the service on a cellphone by dialing their Google Voice number which would allow them to hear voice messages. With the touch of a button, the user could be prompted to make a phone call by typing in the number that the user wanted to reach. In an effort to streamline some of the mobile functions of the service, Google is planning on releasing an app that will be made available for BlackBerry and Android handsets.

With the app, users can make calls directly from their cellphone. No longer will the outgoing number have to be dialed in as the contacts list on the device can be used to get the information. Those receiving the call will see the users' Google Voice number rather than the mobile phone number. Text messages will also show up as coming from the Google Voice number. The app will also allow the user to hear voice mail and read transcripts of them together in what Google calls "karaoke style" with the word being read highlighted on the screen. All of these new features are available only to those limited Google Voice users. Last month, the company started sending out more emailed invitations to join the service from a list of those who requested to be members.

As for now, the service costs nothing and is part of Google's strategy to compete with Skype. As far as an app for the iPhone, Google says it is in talks with Apple, but for now, Google Voice can still be accessed through mobile Safari.

source: NY Times

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