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July 19, 2018

Google Voice for Android picks up bottom bar navigation

Google Voice came back into the spotlight earlier this year, and since then Google has been updating the app periodically. This week, the company has quietly rolled out a new bottom bar navigation interface for the app for some users.

August 1, 2018

Google Voice 2018.30 preps Hangouts Meet & Calendar integration for G Suite, tweaks DND [APK Insight]

After a bottom bar redesign in July and the announcement of an enterprise G Suite edition at Cloud Next 2018, the latest version of Google Voice is rolling out today. The update prepares for enterprise features, while also making a small tweak to Do not disturb.

August 13, 2018

Google Voice redesigned w/ new icon, Contacts tab, & Calendar-set DND, rolling out now to iOS

At Cloud Next 2018, Google announced that Google Voice was now a part of G Suite and showed off a redesigned app. That mobile revamp is now beginning to roll out on iOS with new features for enterprise users, and it’s likely coming soon to Android.

August 15, 2018

Google Voice w/ tweaked navigation & Contacts tab rolling out to Android via server-side update

Earlier this week, a revamped Google Voice featuring a new icon, G Suite integration, and Contacts tab rolled out to iOS. The majority of these changes are now coming to Android with a server-side update.

June 19, 2018

Google Voice adds signed-in devices list, preps incoming call locations, emergency service address [APK Insight]

Following old Hangouts SMS messages now syncing over and the ability to record voicemail greetings when mobile, Google Voice is gaining a list of connected devices on Android. Meanwhile, a teardown reveals that the app is prepping support for entering an address for emergency services and the location of incoming calls.

September 5, 2018

Google Voice 2018.36 preps audio messages and sending videos [APK Insight]

Google Voice has seen a number of big developments in recent weeks like joining G Suite to offer enterprise telephony and features, while all users received an app redesign with a new icon. Voice is now working on support for sending videos and audio messages to other users.

April 4, 2018

Google Voice finally readying in-app VoIP with beta program for Android and web

When Google Voice relaunched in 2017, we reported that proper Voice over IP was coming to the Android client. After last spotting it in an APK Insight earlier in January, Google today has opened beta sign-ups and detailed the upcoming ability to make calls with data

December 19, 2018

Google Voice for G Suite now supports calls to emergency services

For the past several versions, we’ve spotted Google Voice working on the ability to call emergency services. This feature is now official, but only for “work and school” G Suite accounts and not regular users.

October 29, 2018

Google Voice apparently testing video and audio in MMS messages

Google Voice has seen quite a few big updates since its “reboot” early last year. Now, the company seems to finally be addressing a major complaint with the service’s MMS support – Google Voice video and audio attachment is apparently in testing.

January 24, 2019

Google Voice VoIP calling is rolling out now, available to everyone by next week

As Google kills a beloved messaging service, Voice is continually picking up steam following its revamp a couple of years ago. After sitting in beta since early last year, VoIP calling is now rolling out more widely to more Google Voice users.

December 11, 2018

Google Voice 2018.50 preps Material Theme, tweaks bottom bar notification indicator [APK Insight]

Many of Google’s communications apps were updated over the past week amid news about the company’s future offerings. Google Voice 2018.50 is now rolling out and reveals work on the Google Material Theme, as well as other tweaks to the bottom bar notification indicator and other changes to account for the recent Google Fi rebrand.

June 9, 2020

Google Voice preparing for classic ‘Hangouts deprecation’ [APK Insight]

Last week, Google started migrating G Suite users away from classic Hangouts to Google Chat with the legacy service shutting down in “late 2020” for enterprise. The latest version of Google Voice for Android today provides some insight into the transition for regular users.

August 6, 2019

Google Voice disabling voicemail transcription via SMS due to spam

Tools like Google Assistant Call Screen on the Pixel help mitigate robocalls, but broader FCC and industry action is ultimately required. Caught in the line of fire is Google Voice’s voicemail transcription over SMS feature, which Google is shutting down later this week due to the spam problem.

July 11, 2019

Google Voice 2019.28 adds Material Theme account switcher, preps vCard support [APK Insight]

The latest update to the Android client of Google’s VoIP service is rolling out today with one notable user-facing tweak. Google Voice 2019.28 finally adopts the Material Theme account switcher, and is working on vCard support.

Google Voice web app gains always-visible call panel, audio controls

Following Voice for Android adopting a Material Theme account switcher, the Google Voice web app is gaining three usability updates. These changes are particularly catered towards enterprise G Suite customers.

July 22, 2019

PSA: Some Google Voice users currently aren’t seeing incoming messages

Google Voice is a convenient way to manage a phone number from more than one device, and it’s generally pretty reliable. This morning, however, some Google Voice users are reporting problems with incoming messages not appearing.

April 4, 2019

Google Voice 2019.14 adds larger messages font, renames menus [APK Insight]

In addition to the cloud telephony service now properly supporting Android Auto, there are a handful of small UI tweaks to Google Voice for Android this week. Version 2019.14 brings a larger font to conversations, and renames several parts of the app.

November 21, 2019

[Update: Ireland] Google Voice is now available to all G Suite customers in supported regions

After debuting last year, Google Voice for G Suite is getting a huge expansion in availability. This week, Google has announced that the service is now available to all G Suite customers.

March 9, 2021

Google Voice will soon no longer be able to forward text messages to other phone numbers

One of the handier features of Google Voice is the ability to send text messages via your phone’s original number and messaging app. Unfortunately, Google Voice is now set to lose this message forwarding capability “soon.”

June 12, 2019

Google Voice for Android regains unread message, call count in bottom bar

Just before Google Voice received its Material Theme redesign earlier this year, the Android app removed the live count of unread messages and calls in the bottom bar. Fortunately, this feature is now back with the latest version of the Android app.

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