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Editors' Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.144897884
  • Total Downloads:
    50,401
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 17, 2017
  • Price:
    Free; Requires Android phone
  • File Size:
    1.91MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    424
  • Platform:
    Android
  • Product ranking:
    #3 in Chat

Editors' Review

Google waited five years between major revisions, but the new edition of Google Voice brings the company's phone and messaging service up to date, with a fresh design and expanded messaging capabilities.

Pros

One number; many phones: Google Voice assigns you a free phone number and voicemail account that you can use with the Google Voice app on smartphones and the Google Voice website. You can link the number to up to six mobile or landline phones and Google Hangouts so that your Google Voice number will ring there.

Quick access to voicemail: Through the Google Voice app and website, you can listen to voicemail and read and search through voicemail transcripts, which look much like Gmail messages.

Call screening: You can screen incoming calls and decide whether to answer or send to voicemail. If you send to voicemail but then change your mind, you can interrupt the message the caller is leaving to start a conversation. You can also block callers.

Free and low-cost calling: Make free calls to anywhere in the US from your mobile phone or the Google Voice site. International calls are cheap, from $0.01 to $0.06 per minute.

Well-designed interface: Google has reworked the look of the Google Voice app, designing an easily navigable interface for messages, calls, and voicemail.

Group calls and sharing media: You can now hold group conversations in Google Voice, and you can send pictures and videos in a message. Previously, Google Voice could handle text only.

Cons

Puzzling overlap: Google Voice shares many of the same messaging features with other Google communication apps, including Hangouts and Hangouts Dialer, Allo and Duo, and Messenger.

Limited Gboard support: You can use Gboard to type messages in Google Voice, but some features -- such as the ability to select and send GIFs -- are not supported.

Bottom Line

The update to Google Voice squeezes one more app into Google's already congested messaging line. But the new revision of the phone and voicemail service brings expanded messaging capabilities and a reworked interface, making the already useful service even better.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.0.144897884
Google Voice has been completely redesigned to include the things you care about: A new, intuitive layout keeps your calls, messages, and voicemail organized. Conversations stay in one continuous thread and support photo sharing and group messaging. Support for multiple accounts, Android Wear, and in-notification replies, plus improved contact integration. Improved accessibility and TalkBack support.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date February 17, 2017
Date Added February 17, 2017
Version 5.0.144897884
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Chat
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.91MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 50,401
Downloads Last Week 424
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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