- #: 4322
- Price: free ($0.00) In Apple Store
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: 2010-12-14
- Current Version: 188.8.131.526
- 184.108.40.2066 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
- Size: 3.20 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Google Mobile
- Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
- © 2010 Google Inc.
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Access your Google Voice account right from your iPhone. Receive push notifications for new text or voicemail messages.Send free text messages to U.S. numbers and make international calls at cheap rates.Listen to your voicemail, read transcripts and…..
What's New in Version 220.127.116.116
* Support for iPod Touch
* iPod Touch and iPhone can now make calls using Click2Call
* Do Not Disturb setting
* Text forwarding is automatically disabled when registering for Push notifications
* Added Text forwarding setting to the app
* Easier to make calls from the phone Address Book
* Removed annoying OK dialog every time you send an SMS
* Fixed crashes caused by text messages that begin with a space character
* Fixed bug that caused the entire Inbox to load
* Fixed bug that caused Contact pictures to get mixed up
* Improved access to Contact groups
* Improved speed of Contact search
Rated 2/5 based on 3 customer reviews.
Thank god this finally exists, works well but I hold Google to an extra-high standard...
Overall the app is pretty good - lightyears better than the HTML5 experience iOS users have been forced into for a while. There are a few usability pitfalls and kinda rookie mistakes I really don't expect from Google, which make the difference between 2 stars and 4 or 5. To be clear: iOS's native experience is certainly more usable for calling and texting in the sense that it is more intuitive.
First, generating a new SMS is a bit hidden in GV.app. You have to go to the phone keypad as if you were to make a call, then push the "Text" button. This is confusing as there are two clearly analogous buttons ("Text" and "Call") that really don't have analogous uses - you dial numbers/addresses *before* pushing call, but you dial numbers/addresses *after* pushing text if your trying to SMS someone.
Second, the Inbox has a funny way of tracking if a message has been read or not. The odd part is that mid-SMS-conversation the messages from the other party, even though they are on your screen and you're clearly reading and replying, are considered "new" until you tab "back" to the Inbox. This is really odd - why exactly do I need to go to the crappy preview screen in order to mark a message as read? (rhetorical)
Overall this would be an amazing app if it (a) were from a guy programming for a few weeks out of his garage or (b) didn't have well over a year of expectation and ramp-up time for the dev's to absolutely *prefect* the experience. I still use this over 'GV Mobile +', but only just barely and I really like having both handy.
Great for iPad
Kolen Cheung write:
Now I can throw away the GV Mobile+.
The push notification is so fast. In the past, I used textfree to receive text from Google Voice. Now, with the Google Voice app, the notification is much faster, almost instant. The moment I click send on the computer, I see it on the iPad.
*For those who complain you can't make direct call from Google Voice on iPad/iPod Touch, it is not a valid complaint since it is not what Google Voice meant to be. If you really need that, a good choice is Talkatone, which phone through Google Voice directly. Indirectly, you have Textfree, Sipgate, Whistle, which all give you free phone number to make a voice call. Textfree is the best among those, having good quality and push notification even when it is still in beta.
Can't be used on ipod touch for real free calls
Joey Key write:
When I installed this app on my ipod touch 4g , it just told me my device was not a phone and couldn't use the dial mode, it's ridiculous. Why I can use the google voice to make free calls from computer but not from ipod touch?! I mean, they use the same wi-fi connection to reach internet.This one doesn't make any sense to me!
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