Google Releases Browser-Based Google Voice Web App for iPhone

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Reuters reports that Google has released a new browser-based web app version of Google Voice, offering iPhone users access to a broader array of features than had previously been available through the service's basic mobile interface.
Google already had a version of Google Voice available through mobile Web browsers.

But Google described the new version of Google Voice as a "Web app," noting that it is much more interactive than the previous browser-based version of the service, with the ability to listen to voice mails directly from within the browser and to dial phone numbers on an interactive on-screen keypad.

Google said the new version of Google Voice is designed for iPhone 3.0 and higher and Palm Inc Web OS smartphones.
Apple and Google have offered differing views of whether Apple rejected Google's native Google Voice application for the iPhone, with Apple claiming that it was merely continuing to study the application for inclusion in its App Store. According to today's report, however, Apple has yet to provide any further status updates to Google on the native application's fate.

Article Link: Google Releases Browser-Based Google Voice Web App for iPhone
 

dwd3885

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ha. It's a sad excuse of an actual Google Voice app that Apple rejected. Google should just remove everything off of the iPhone for competition sake.
 

justanothernerd

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ha. It's a sad excuse of an actual Google Voice app that Apple rejected. Google should just remove everything off of the iPhone for competition sake.
I'm not sure that's smart for them; I'm sure they still make a lot of money with other Google services on the iPhone.
 

dwd3885

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I'm not sure that's smart for them; I'm sure they still make a lot of money with other Google services on the iPhone.
well they want to pull out of China, which isn't smart business decision either. It's very stupid. So they don't make every decision like a business decision.
 

Rodimus Prime

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I still find it rather sad that Google had to resort to that level. Apple had a stick up it rear and was making up BS excuse for turning it down. It has already been shown that AT&T really does not care about Google voice. They still get the minute charges fom people using it. Hell they get more minute charges from GV because calls route threw GV loses free M2M.

I wonder if Apple will try to shut down this way next. Still it is rather said that it had to go this way. If Apple had approved GV it would could of been really great with push notifications and everything.
 

gdlcjr

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Hey Guys Does this means that the "VoiceCentral Black Swan" will just be the same as the GV new web app?
 

gdlcjr

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Hmm..tries to dial a different number than i entered. sms works fine.
I have not tried it yet, because I have to re-register my number and my company blocks the google voice. Do you need to use an ear phone for the call or the voice goes thru the earpiece?
 

Becordial

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Does this just mean a web-app/web-page so it's not subject to App store approval and is just a bookmark of a GV page? If so, is this a bit of a 'in yo face, Apple" from Google?
 

squirrellydw

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They still get the minute charges fom people using it. Hell they get more minute charges from GV because calls route threw GV loses free M2M
you are incorrect on this, if you have it setup correctly you don't lose anything. I use it on my Verizon Droid Eris and you call my Verizon number and then it forwards it to Google Voice, forwarding is free. I use no minutes and anyone that calls me doesn't lose minutes.

It is great and when Verizon gets the iPhone I will get it.
 

Rodimus Prime

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you are incorrect on this, if you have it setup correctly you don't lose anything. I use it on my Verizon Droid Eris and you call my Verizon number and then it forwards it to Google Voice, forwarding is free. I use no minutes and anyone that calls me doesn't lose minutes.

It is great and when Verizon gets the iPhone I will get it.
Well that only works if you have a high enough of a plan. (Aka one that has either "A lisst" or my favs). Most people do not have that high of a plan and hell at that point it is just more useless minutes.

Lets face it most of us just have tons of unused minutes every month.
 

squirrellydw

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no you don't, forwarding is free on almost all plans, at least with Verizon. My plan is about 3 to 4 years old. I don't have a fav list. look up your plan I bet you have it
 

slu

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Hey Guys Does this means that the "VoiceCentral Black Swan" will just be the same as the GV new web app?
I don't see what VoiceCentral Black Swan has to do with this at all. VoiceCentral is developed by a 3rd party and uses Google's APIs. I signed up for the Black Swan beta, but have not yet been invited to try it out.

As for the new Google Web App, I am trying it out right now and it is much nicer than the old one. And thus far I like it better than the GV Mobile app I had when my iPhone was jailbroken. I am glad they released this. The integration with my Google contacts is excellent as is the UI for Voicemails and SMS. And being able to control the major Google Voice settings from the phone is nice as well. If you have Google Voice, I'd recommend trying it out.
 

slu

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you are incorrect on this, if you have it setup correctly you don't lose anything. I use it on my Verizon Droid Eris and you call my Verizon number and then it forwards it to Google Voice, forwarding is free. I use no minutes and anyone that calls me doesn't lose minutes.

It is great and when Verizon gets the iPhone I will get it.
This makes no sense to me. The whole point of Google Voice is to give people one number than can ring the many phones to which you may have access. To have people call your cell phone number and forward it to Google Voice doesn't make a lot of sense to me. They call your cell, are forwarded to your Google Voice Number, then forwarded back to your cell? I don't know why you would go through the trouble unless you prefer voicemail on Google Voice much more than on your phone.
 

gdlcjr

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I don't see what VoiceCentral Black Swan has to do with this at all. VoiceCentral is developed by a 3rd party and uses Google's APIs. I signed up for the Black Swan beta, but have not yet been invited to try it out.

As for the new Google Web App, I am trying it out right now and it is much nicer than the old one. And thus far I like it better than the GV Mobile app I had when my iPhone was jailbroken. I am glad they released this. The integration with my Google contacts is excellent as is the UI for Voicemails and SMS. And being able to control the major Google Voice settings from the phone is nice as well. If you have Google Voice, I'd recommend trying it out.

My question was will they have just the same functionality?
 

rwilliams

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I have more minutes than I ever use each months, along with unlimited texting and visual voicemail, so I really fail to see how Google Voice would be of any use to me. And believe me, I've tried hard to find a compelling reason to use it.
 

gdlcjr

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I have more minutes than I ever use each months, along with unlimited texting and visual voicemail, so I really fail to see how Google Voice would be of any use to me. And believe me, I've tried hard to find a compelling reason to use it.

You don't have any reason to use it because you have money.

For me who wants to save these are the reason.
a. I have free sms (number one and the only reason) with textnow it can be implemented as the regular sms.

Minor reasons
a. You can only give one number to any of your contact. GV will call your cell, home number at the same time.
 

countrydweller

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I have more minutes than I ever use each months, along with unlimited texting and visual voicemail, so I really fail to see how Google Voice would be of any use to me. And believe me, I've tried hard to find a compelling reason to use it.
Our main use is using it when we sign up for something and they want a phone #, later we can block it using google voice if needed.
 

curly14

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I'm i missing the boat on this one...lol how is it listed in the app store already have the Google moble app (free)
 

Rodimus Prime

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I have more minutes than I ever use each months, along with unlimited texting and visual voicemail, so I really fail to see how Google Voice would be of any use to me. And believe me, I've tried hard to find a compelling reason to use it.
Well here are some reasons have one.

It gives people a local number to get a hold of me. My cell number is a long distance number but the GV number is local.

1. It allows you to give 1 number for multiple phones. So with just one number the cell, home and work phone can ring.

2. Provides FREE Voice to text transcribing. Not the best in the world but does allow you to get an idea of how important the message is.

3. Emails the voice mail to where ever you want.

Something my dad uses it for is he teaches part time at a local community college. He gives his google voice number to his students. That way it allows him to screen calls a lot easier from students. He will answer his cell if it is from work or family member calling him because we call his cell number directly. A student has to go threw GV and if he busy with family or something else he will let it go to Voice mail. Very effect way of screening plus it keeps the student voice mail separate from personal/work ones.

I know others might use it for a work number forward to a personal line and after hours have the number go straight to voice mail. Basicly it is great for screening calls.

The unlimited minutes part of it people seem to think of is really only a minor issue at most and to get to the point were unlimited minute would come play a part you have to have a pretty high plan to begin with. The lower 2 or 3 plans do not even have access to my favs.
 
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