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Google Voice updated with bug fixes and dataless calling

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Google Voice updated with bug fixes and dataless calling
Google Voice is one of the best reasons to use an Android phone. The deep integration means it's incredibly easy to save on international calling and text messages... assuming you live in the United States of course. GV isn't moving outside the US, but the Android app is getting an update to kill some of the more annoying bugs that have been in the app for a while. 

The two most annoying bugs killed in this update are the double-tap play button and inability to call without a data connection. Now, your voicemails shouldn't automatically stop right after you hit the play button, forcing you to press it twice. Voicemails will simply play on the first tap. Also, the app no longer requires a data connection in order to make a call, unfortunately this only applies to numbers that you've called before. If it's a new number that you need to call, you'll still need a data connection.  

The update also includes a warning before you compose/send a text message if you don't have a data connection. With luck, that will cut down on repeat sending of texts. And, the update also has fixes for notification delays for texts and voicemails. 

Google Voice is free and available in the Android Market.

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posted on 31 Aug 2011, 15:23

1. sorm (unregistered)

i thought it was just my phones screen being wack when i tried to click play

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 15:52

2. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Yeah, for the longest time, I though I was pausing it with my face when I put the phone to my ear.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 19:29

3. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Yaay Google for being slow yet again to fix a broken feature. For such a big company, Google sure has a lot of blunders.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 21:12

5. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)

What does Apple have that can even come close to comparing to Google voice? iOS 7 might have something somewhat close, but not near as innovating, but Tim Cook will call it the most innovating thing ever and iSheep will believe it. Go play in traffic.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 23:15

6. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

The closest thing to Google Voice for android for is Google Voice for iPhone, available in the app store. I doubt Apple will ever come up with a service like Google Voice, I don't think it's in their playing field. And if you look at the reviews in the app store, even the version for iPhone is buggy as hell. Poor quality application. Reminds me of Android

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