Visual Voicemail coming to some carriers with Android M

Native Visual Voicemail is a feature that will be available in the final version of Android M, although it will not be available at first for all carriers. A ticket spotted in the Android issue tracker reveals that Orange in France and T-Mobile in the U.S. are two carriers that will be offering the feature once Android M is launched. In addition, there is a good chance that Google's own Project Fi MVNO will also offer Visual Voicemail. Google says that it will add availability to more carriers with time.

Visual voicemail allows the user to see a list of phone numbers that messages were left from. It allows you to delete messages or listen to them without having to listen to those annoying verbal directions. The OG Apple iPhone, back in 2007, was the first handset to offer Visual Voicemail.

The ticket in the issue tracker also shows that Google plans on transcribing the messages, although this will be up to each carrier to support. If a carrier decides to support VVM transcriptions, it will be seen in the dialer. However, no carrier is working on that feature at the moment.

source: AndroidDeveloperPreview via AndroidPolice, AndroidandMe



1. waddup121 unregistered


2. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I love this! Thank you for changing something that hasn't had much change to it. I hate listening to "missed call from # 1-8-8........" >_< . I'm looking forward to this!

3. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I thought V.V.M. was mostly about transcribing.

4. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

That's a lot of it. It's been in Google Voice for a while. I can't remember if MSFT or Blackberry use it, because I don't recall using it, but the iPhone has had it in every generation.

7. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

Blackberry, iOS and windows phone all have it.

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If I remember correctly even win7 phones have this natively. Come on PA let's see you take jabs at the OS

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google doesn't have this already because?

6. dknell

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 15, 2015

Android L has a version of this already when using Google Voice. If you go in the settings tab in G voice and select "show in call log". You will see a menu appear in the dialer app similar to this, just not as developed. I've been using this since android 5.0 released.

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