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MacRumors
Dec 21, 2011, 02:31 PM
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Google has updated its iOS Google Voice app with a number of new features, including full support for Sprint integration. Google has a partnership with Sprint (http://www.google.com/googlevoice/sprint/) that allows customers to use Google Voice natively on their Sprint phone and have access to the full set of Voice features.
What's New in Version 1.4.0.2372
- Multi-recipient texting, with contact autocomplete.
- Sprint integration support: sends all calls to the native dialer when the phone is integrated with Sprint
- Multi-line text entry field with character count.
- 1-touch Copy/Paste in dial padThe Google Voice for iPhone app was originally released (http://www.macrumors.com/2010/11/16/official-google-voice-application-now-available-in-app-store/) in November of 2010 after more than a year in limbo. Google and Apple squared off (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/09/18/google-claims-that-apple-did-reject-google-voice-iphone-application/) over the Google Voice application, with Google claiming that Apple had rejected the application, citing duplication of the core functionality of the iPhone, while Apple claimed that it had merely not made a decision on the application.

Article Link: Google Voice App Updated With Group Texting and Full Sprint Integration (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/12/21/google-voice-app-updated-with-group-texting-and-full-sprint-integration/)



8ate8
Dec 21, 2011, 02:54 PM
I always found the "Apple denies *insert app here* due to duplicating core functionality of the device" to be complete B.S. If that was really the case, then Apple shouldn't allow calculator and clock apps into the app store either.

mtbgtr
Dec 21, 2011, 03:13 PM
Its quite obvious approval/disapproval is arbitrary.

slu
Dec 21, 2011, 03:16 PM
I find the GV Connect app to be a better Google Voice App than the official Google app. I have tried the official app a couple of times, but I always end back up on GV Connect.

Fraaaa
Dec 21, 2011, 03:17 PM
When does it get into the UK app store is my question, so I can get rid of my contract.

rmwebs
Dec 21, 2011, 03:18 PM
When does it get into the UK app store is my question, so I can get rid of my contract.

Never. They wont bother doing it. Its not like its been a huge success in the states so they wouldn't risk it failing here too.

C DM
Dec 21, 2011, 03:51 PM
Unfortunately, it looks like there might be some (possibly even serious) issues with this update: http://venturebeat.com/2011/12/21/google-voice-ios-update-buggy/.

buckers
Dec 21, 2011, 03:52 PM
When does it get into the UK app store is my question, so I can get rid of my contract.

This (http://thenextweb.com/uk/2010/02/14/uk-google-voice/) might answer your question. I've been waiting for Google Voice, too. :(

mkrishnan
Dec 21, 2011, 04:24 PM
How does Sprint integration on iPhone work? That sounds like a cool feature (not for me as I don't have Sprint).

gothamguy
Dec 21, 2011, 04:27 PM
Unfortunately, it looks like there might be some (possibly even serious) issues with this update: http://venturebeat.com/2011/12/21/google-voice-ios-update-buggy/.

I can confirm that the caller ID issue is real. But, if you use "click to call" it will show your GV number on the caller ID.

jasontll
Dec 21, 2011, 05:48 PM
I find it rather annoying than useful because it basically forward all your text to the GV app, it gets confusing because when you send a text out from the iphone's messages app, you will get reply in the GV, and that's very inconvenient when you're chatting with someone(using the messages app).

Also, I am not sure what number is actually showing up on my friend's phone when I call them, google is charging me if I want to make the GV number permanent too.

I paid Google for making international call on GV, but the quality isn't that great, call drops, and many times the other party couldn't hear me at all, and now they want to charge me by having the GV number. I am actually quite disappointed.:(

justinfreid
Dec 21, 2011, 06:37 PM
I use this app pretty extensively and had requested multi-recipient texting, multi-line text entry field, a character count and copy/paste on dial pad.
I'm sure others had, too, I'm impressed Google's gotten around to making the changes.

slaytalera
Dec 21, 2011, 07:56 PM
Add MMS and itll be almost perfect, perfect enough for me to use it as my main cell number

Mal
Dec 22, 2011, 10:31 AM
I find it rather annoying than useful because it basically forward all your text to the GV app, it gets confusing because when you send a text out from the iphone's messages app, you will get reply in the GV, and that's very inconvenient when you're chatting with someone(using the messages app).

If you're using it for texting, it's expected that you will use it exclusively for texting, in place of Apple's Messages app. I ran into issues with that on Android, but using the GV app only is the route that's expected, and will resolve any of that confusion.

jW

rgarjr
Dec 22, 2011, 01:16 PM
best app to free text.

Watabou
Dec 22, 2011, 08:01 PM
Is there a good GV app on the App Store by now? I haven't really been paying attention and the official app is disappointing.

I've also used GV Mobile(the one from Cydia now on the app store) but the last time I used it, the developer wanted to route push notification to his own server which seemed fishy to me and people have been saying that he has access to all the texts that are sent and received in the reviews. Don't know if that's true or not.

daxomni
Dec 27, 2011, 05:10 PM
Google and Apple squared off (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/09/18/google-claims-that-apple-did-reject-google-voice-iphone-application/) over the Google Voice application, with Google claiming that Apple had rejected the application, citing duplication of the core functionality of the iPhone, while Apple claimed that it had merely not made a decision on the application.
Apple merely claimed it takes them a full year to figure out if an app duplicates their own functionality?! How does that make it any better?!

estockme
Dec 27, 2011, 06:07 PM
How does Sprint integration on iPhone work? That sounds like a cool feature (not for me as I don't have Sprint).

I used sprint integration on my last 2 phones. It was fine... occasional voip-style artifacts and I really liked being able to text from a computer while at work, but I don't miss it too much and I don't like turning over too much info to google or running it through their servers:

http://www.theonion.com/video/new-google-phone-service-whispers-targeted-ads-dir,17470/

I also like being able to have 2 numbers ring my phone so i can give one number to jerks and another to normal people