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Google has begun rolling out Google Voice integration to its Hangouts app. Users are being greeted with a message that says “Migrate Google Voice to Hangouts”. This lets users receive voicemail and send text messages in Hangouts. Users can turn the functionality on or decline to do so. Android Police appears to be the first to have reported on this, …
NORAD may have went the Bing/Windows route this year with its Santa Tracker, but Google isn’t going to let Microsoft have all of the fun. “While we’ve been tracking Santa since 2004 with Google Earth, this year a team of dedicated Google Maps engineers built a new route algorithm to chart Santa’s journey around the world on Christmas Eve,” says …
As you may recall, Google set up a Google Voice number for Santa Claus last year. Google let people set up personalized calls from Santa at sendacallfromsanta.com. The site is once again in operation (for U.S. users). This year, Google has also made it possible to call Santa from Gmail. Product marketing manager Trevor Claiborne says, “This year, Santa wants …
Google has added Google Voice to its menu of services that it lets you remove your data from – otherwise known as Google Takeout. Google Takeout itself was announced in June as an extension of the Data Liberation Front, which dubbed the service its “first revolutionary product”. “This means that all of the data associated with your Google Voice account, …
Last month, Google announced that Sprint was integrating Google Voice, allowing using customers to use their existing Sprint mobile numbers as their Google Voice numbers, and having it ring multiple other phones at the same time. Today, Google announced that the integration has gone into effect. As Google explains on the Google Voice blog, there are two options for Sprint …
Google has acquired SayNow, a company whose slogan is "reinventing the phone call". Actually, SayNow has a hosted platform and series of applications for voice messaging, conversations, and group calls that can be integrated into Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Android and iPhone apps.
SayNow announced the acquisition (without any financial details). From the announcement:
Google announced Number Porting for Google Voice today, which means you’ll be able to use Google Voice with your existing phone number. News came out last week that the company was testing this, but they have already moved beyond the testing stage and are offering it as an option.
There are some caveats you should know, however.
Some Google Voice users noticed a feature that appeared in their accounts called Number Porting. This means adding your existing number to Google Voice, as opposed to having to use a new phone number entirely for the service, which users have had to do up until this point.
The feature is evidently only being tested for the time being, but will could go mainstream in the future. If you don’t have to get a new number, there’s a much bigger incentive to use Google Voice…that is if you don’t mind paying the price.
About a month ago, Google finally launched Google Voice for the iPhone. Today, Google launched a new version that also supports the iPad and iPod Touch devices.
Google said today it is offering a free $10 calling credit during the holidays to military families in an effort to help them keep in touch with their loved ones serving abroad.
iPhone users may need a moment to verify that today isn’t April 1st, but it’s official: Google Voice for iPhone has been released. Google made the announcement this afternoon, potentially overshadowing Apple’s own iTunes- and Beatles-related news item.
After all, true Beatles fans have surely figured out a way to obtain the band’s music in digital form by now – perhaps for free. Duplicating the features offered by Google Voice was a trickier, and more expensive, proposition.
When creating a form for customers to fill out, it’s easy for business owners to slip in a question asking who referred them. Finding out how someone got a phone number is a more delicate matter, though (it’s important not to waste customers’ time or act like they called a private line), and AdWords call metrics represents Google’s potential solution.
Google is now letting Google Voice users get notifications for missed calls. Users can get notified via their Google Voice inbox or they can opt to receive email notifications (or both).
This would appear to be another step in Google bringing together your different means of communication. Google Voice already gives you a number that when called reaches you through all of your phones.
Earlier, it was reported that Google was testing a feature that would let you make and receive phone calls from within Gmail. It turns out, this wasn’t just a test.
Google has now officially announced that this is indeed a feature of Gmail. It is being rolled out in the U.S. starting today.
Frontier Communications, a communications provider with a market cap of around $2.4 billion, is not happy with Google. In fact, Frontier is dissatisfied to the point that it sued the search giant this morning, claiming that Google Voice infringes on a patent it holds.
This isn’t a question of whether or not some minor feature bears a faint similarity to a concept Frontier dreamed up. Frontier is instead going after one of Google Voice’s biggest draws, and the patent it’s put forward isn’t nearly as vague and all-encompassing as some we’ve seen.
There is a rumor going around the blogosphere that Google may be working on a VoIP service utilizing Google Voice integration with Gmail. A spokesperson for Google tells WebPronews, "We’re always testing new features and looking for ways to improve our products. We have nothing to announce at this time."
A company that specializes in VoIP and videoconferencing technology should soon become a part of Google. The search giant announced this morning that it is making an offer to buy Global IP Solutions for $68.2 million in cash.
Global IP Solutions is a rather big deal in its niche. Headquartered in San Francisco, it has offices in Boston, Hong Kong, and Stockholm, and its customers include internationally recognized corporations like AOL, Baidu, Brasil Telecom, Mail.ru, Samsung, and Yahoo.
Approach enough college students, and you’ll find that many of them make do without all sorts of things – cars, textbooks, food other than ramen noodles. Just about all students seem to carry cell phones, though, and Google’s decided to capitalize on this by inviting them to use Google Voice today.
The company that dominates the online search and advertising sector – and dabbles in photo-sharing, solar energy, and all other sorts of stuff – may soon improve its audio communication offering in a major way. Google has reportedly taken a significant step towards making Google Voice more of a Skype competitor.
Google is launching the Google Voice app for both the iPhone and Palm WebOS. It is an HTML5 app, which the company says provides users with a "fast and versatile" mobile experience, because of its use of the latest advancements in web technologies.
Although spell checkers have been around for about 30 years, they still miss or incorrectly flag a whole lot of stuff (try "eye wonder weather this is write" and "monetize"). Google wants its transcription software to become better more quickly, and so is asking for users for a hand.
Not long ago, Eric Schmidt estimated that Google would start making monthly acquisitions. Today, it’s almost looking like the dial got bumped up to hourly, since following this morning’s confirmed acquisition of AdMob, a report has indicated that Google’s bought Gizmo5, too.
It looks like a certain search giant is ready to let some more people get their hands (or, um, mouths and ears) on Google Voice. Google announced today that users will soon have the chance to invite their friends and family members (or cash-equipped individuals) to the service.
There was a lot of hoopla made regarding Apple’s banning of Google Voice from its App Store. Fingers were pointed, names were (probably) called. Today Google announced that the FCC has made its letter (pdf) available to the public. The letter reveals what Google claims to be the explanation it got from Apple about why it would not accept its Google Voice app (as well as Google Latitude).
Google has launched a new feature in Gmail labs that allows you to play Google Voice voicemails right from Gmail. Before, when Google Voice users received email notifications from Google Voice, they had to click a link in the message to open a new page.
Google Voice, with its "one number for all your calls and SMS" tagline and almost endless list of benefits, aims to make users’ lives easier. A new feature introduced today represents another step in that direction.
Suppose you’re sitting at a desk with a full-sized keyboard at your fingertips and a 20" monitor in front of your eyes. Most services would still ask you to fish out your little cell phone in order to read and reply to a text message. In the past, even Google Voice would require you to keep open an extra, dedicated tab.
Because of how they serve our country, members of the military are often given special treatment – drinks on the house, free upgrades to first class, etc. And now, Google’s doing its part by bumping them to the front of the line for Google Voice.
What would you say if a company asked you if you’d like to have all of your home, work and cell phone calls, all your text messages, all your conference calls, all your voicemail — pretty much anything you say or type into a phone — ALL of it — go thru their 3rd party service? You, like me, would probably say; Thanks but no thanks.
Google Voice is moving forward. Whereas the application was just available to users of GrandCentral (a service Google acquired in mid-2007), all of the people who have requested access should now (or at some point in the near future) be receiving invitation emails.
Google has launched a preview of Google Voice, which is an application that lets you manage voice communications by converting voicemails to text. Google Voice is the new version of GrandCentral, which Google acquired back in 2007. For now, GrandCentral users are the only ones that get Google Voice.