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Google Voice gets major update and new features

by Danny Zepeda | January 23, 2017January 23, 2017 3:30 pm PDT

Google Voice was Google’s attempt at combining a single number with your account back in 2009. This meant you could use this number with any device you have. The concept sounds pretty awesome, especially when you consider it came out seven years ago, but it was quickly forgotten by Google in favor of other projects with its last update coming in 2011. But Google has surprised us all and breathed new life into Google Voice with a big update it’s pushing out today.

The new Google Voice release brings a major redesign that is inspired by Google’s Material Design that chalked full of new features. Its new user interface simplifies the look with just three tabs for phone calls, text messages and voicemail. The text messaging service now moves conversations into individual threads, making it more akin to every other messaging service. Google also added group and photo MMS as well as in-notification replies. The voicemail service is receiving Spanish transcription, with plans to improve accuracy over time.

Google Voice update rolling out now

All in all, the upgrade to Google Voice is a welcomed one. Fans of the service will rejoice after waiting five years for the update, a fact that even Google poked fun at in its press release for update. Google is promising to stay on top of updating Google Voice moving forward. We hope it keeps the promise.

The update is coming to the Android, iOS and web versions of Google Voice and begins slowly rolling out today. Most users should expect to see it during the next few weeks.

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Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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