Google Voice gets updated with new UI and new apps

Launched by Google way back in March 2009, Google Voice had grown to become a beloved app among many. It allowed you to receive phone calls on various devices, including computers. Google touted its service's voicemail transcripts feature, as well as the ability to archive and search through all the SMS text messages you sent and received. As time went on, however, Google Voice became less appealing. Google brought new apps to the forefront, such as Hangouts, that eventually integrated your Google Voice number, allowing you to forget all about the Google Voice app. The Android and iOS apps seemed to be a lost, abandoned, and ugly cause. With this new update, however, it seems times are changing.

Today, Google has announced an updated UI for both the desktop and mobile versions of Google Voice. The Android and iOS apps both take design cues from stock Android's Dialer. Despite the obvious Android influence, the iOS app retains the bottom bar to match Apple's design language. The desktop interface looks fairly similar to Google Hangout's interface.

Despite the facelift, Google Voice will remain functionally the same. While integration with Google Hangouts is still possible, you'll be encouraged to use Google Voice on its own. In all honesty, it'll be a much nicer experience. It does seem like Google is going to support its "new and improved" service, so we shouldn't be seeing Google Voice thrown to the dogs anytime soon. This update will be rolling out over the next couple of weeks to all users. Android will receive it first, followed by iOS, so keep refreshing your app store for the latest version.

source: 9to5Google



1. jeffpom

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 11, 2016

Hangouts is so awesome, and has so much power to it.... And now they're breaking off these parts. Allo, Duo, New Google Voice... I don't get it. Well, I do - but I don't.

5. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

fudge, ur right...... jeeze, google should just rename hangouts @ this point, make it the stock sms app, and no dumb customers would be the wiser. magically their war with apple would be over too, but hey, the must be masochists over there @ google's hq or something

9. Behyjoon

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Google is confused itself, i think that's why never could have messenger as popular and powerful as iMessage because never has concentrated on specific messenger app has all features in it and performance.

2. Valdomero

Posts: 677; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Why don't they integrate all these amazing apps into one? It's too many apps to communicate to the same people...

3. RoryBreaker

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Because some of us only want what GV has to offer. I have no interest in Allo or Hangouts

6. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

+1 for truth, but, WHYYY???? i mean u dont want the OPTION to video chat some 1 like facetime does? or when txting, u dont wana know if "the other person is typing," or if they've "read" your txt??? this is the stuff that makes havin an iphone "sooo muuuch fuuun!!" aparently lols. other than that stuff, what google voice offers is a email like text service that cam be done from a browser, or the app, and I use it so i get why its valuable. but y dont u want any of the "Fuuuunnn!!" features?

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

You can use a lot of Voice functionality within Hangouts. But some people dont need all the extas that hangouts has. I use hangouts for both soley for convenience because i dont use my GV number like I used to, or I'd probably prefer separate apps still.

10. Junito

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Good question, and please stick to one across all Android..

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

Nice to hear but I've become an unrepentant fan of Hangouts. It's by far the most feature rich messaging app out there. What I like most about it right now is that it allows me to answer both my GV numbers on the same phone. The GV app doesn't allow two numbers as far as I know. I agree that everything should be rolled into one and right now that's Hangouts. Duo, Allo wtf?

8. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

fyi - i am not in the US, so never had GV or was able to use it. But reading now this, google releasing a new app for GV with chat, photo etc sharing... there's quite a lot we can talk about, but honestly google is simply ridiculous! with all the messaging "strategy" they've been following in the last years, this is just the top... or not?

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