Google has announced that it has added an enhancement to Google Voice that speeds up the process of making phone
calls using the app on an Android or BlackBerry device. Previously, to make a phone call using Google Voice, the app had to make a request to the Google Voice server every time you wanted to make a call. The app was requesting the phone number you were calling and once it was provided the number by the server, Google would connect the call using a Google Voice access number. With the enhancement, called "direct access numbers" by the Mountain View based firm, every person you call is assigned a unique phone number. This eliminates the need for Google's server to be accessed by your data network every time you make a call. As a result, placing a call using the app is faster.
The updated version of Google Voice is available now in the Android Market. BlackBerry users need to go to http://www.m.google.com/voice using your mobile device. A valid Google Voice account is required to use the app, which at the moment is available for use in the U.S. only.