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Google Voice is getting new updates, Google confirms

by Brandon Russell | January 10, 2017January 10, 2017 10:00 am PDT


After a number of users noticed Google was testing a “new Google Voice,” the search giant has confirmed updates are finally coming to the service. The company provided a rather fitting statement to The Verge.

Here is Google’s statement:

Sorry, it looks like we must have dialed the wrong number! But don’t worry, this wasn’t a prank call. We’re working on some updates to Google Voice right now. We have you on speed dial and we’ll be sure to share what we’ve been up to just as soon as we can.

Obviously, Google is trying to be clever without being specific. The fact that there are no details leaves us to speculate about what will be new about the service.

Google hasn’t handled Voice particularly well over the past several months, previously merging some of its features with Hangouts. Beyond that, the service hasn’t received much love, receiving the occasional minor update here and there.

It’s just sitting there, unloved

Google Voice is a convenient service that offers call forwarding and voice mail services, voice and test messaging, and international call termination services. Plenty of people still use it but Google hasn’t exactly made the experience enjoyable.

Google has pretty much left Voice to sit and collect dust, neglecting it like it doesn’t exist. What these new features entail remains unclear, but here’s hoping the wait is worth it.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...