Google explains why ICS has no built-in visual voicemail app

Google explains why ICS has no built-in visual voicemail app
So, here's the deal Ice Cream Sandwich doesn't come with a built-in visual voicemail app, but according to Google this is by design not a mistake. If you remember the ICS announcement, Google never showed off a dedicated visual voicemail app, just the solution that voicemails will be listed in your call log. Google has explained that ICS doesn't have a built-in visual voicemail app, because visual voicemail is carrier-dependent. So, Google has included an API which will allow carriers and developers to build their own solutions that work best for their users. 

In theory, this seems like a good idea, because visual voicemail is not yet a standard across all carriers, but our experience with Android has shown that anything that is taken out of Google's hands and put into the hands of carriers tends to cause delays. Of course, if you don't trust your carrier, there is always the Google Voice option (assuming you live in the USA) which will be able to handle your visual voicemail needs. And, there are a number of 3rd party apps which can handle the task. 

We'll have to see how this shakes out, but we don't think the news is as bad as it sounds, especially since there is the access to voicemail in your call log. We'll definitely start testing out 3rd party visual voicemail apps and give you a breakdown of the best options though. 

source: SlashGear

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27 Comments

1. threeline

Posts: 311; Member since: Sep 11, 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: Jun 17, 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: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Remember this is a global phone. Multiple carriers could easily just mean Verizon plus carriers in other countries.

4. threeline

Posts: 311; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

Oh ok, thanks for clearing that up fo me. Thumbs up for both of you.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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 :) http://www.slashgear.com/google-confirms-no-flash-for-ice-cream-sandwich-for-the-time-being-19196702/

14. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 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: Nov 19, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Mar 31, 2010

Get phone fusion....end of discussion.....

10. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

YouMail work pretty good to.

11. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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: Sep 09, 2010

Native vvm on the iphone does not cost extra. But whatever you say :)

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Feb 17, 2010

Yeah, just another sell out by Google, so that verizon can make a buc.

15. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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: Oct 23, 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: Mar 31, 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....

19. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Love the trolls

20. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Lucky they don't even use voicemail a lot in here or have interest in visual voicemail

23. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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: Sep 16, 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: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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.)

27. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

yep...GV is awesome!

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