A new application allows Android and BlackBerry smartphones to to take full advantage of Google Voice, this company’s suite of phone-based services.
Among the features offered are letting multiple phones use one number, voicemail transcriptions, and inexpensive international calling.
An Overview of Google Voice
Users of this service tell Google the numbers for all their phones — mobile, work, and home — and are assigned a new number. Thereafter, any call made to this new number causes all the other phones to ring simultaneously.
In addition, all these phones have a single voicemail inbox. Naturally, users will have the option of listening to their messages, but they can also read them, as Google Voice transcribes them into text and puts them on a web site.
Users are able to send SMS messages from their new number, and texts sent to the Google Voice number will be archived online, where they can be searched.
If that wasn’t enough, users will also be able to make free long-distance calls and screen their incoming calls.
All of these features will be available at no cost, as the company is paying for this service by charging for international calls.
Available Now… for a Select Few
While BlackBerry and Android users can download the Google Voice software, actually using it requires a Google Voice account, and those aren’t widely available yet. This service is still in the testing phase, and there’s currently no way to join. Still, the company promises that this will change “in a matter of weeks”.
To try Google Voice for mobile, go to m.google.com/voice on a BlackBerry or search for “Google Voice” in the on-device Android Market.
Google has put together a video demonstrating the features of this new software:
Source: Official Google Mobile Blog