As the Google Hangout ends its integration with Google Voice, the company has started evolving the look of its 10-year-old app. Google has prompted its Hangout users to download the Google Voice app to continue using its services.
The app was first launched in 2009 when it was harder to switch to different phone carriers with the same phone number. Google Voice acted as a secondary phone number for people’s personal and business calls and messages. Google has started rolling out the app’s updates at a greater capacity in the last few years. It was half-merged with Hangouts for some time, but with the latter’s services ending soon, the Google Voice app will be standalone again.
Google Voice is an essential tool for your personal and professional life. The service’s primary function is to sync up all the communication from different registered smartphones into one centralised space. All you have to do is input your primary phone number, and it will further act as a controller for your incoming texts and calls. It will provide you with a secondary phone number for calling and messaging, and manage all the communication via one app on all registered devices.
Basically, you can set up Google Voice to receive your incoming calls, texts, messages and voicemail on all or any of your smartphones, and it will forward over those communications to the device you might be using currently. You can also transcribe these calls in the voicemail tab. With one existing phone number, you can power your communication in any other Android phone with the app.
Google Voice can be used when you lose your mobile phone or switch to a different phone. The centralised function of the app will redirect calls from the previous phone to the one you are using now. Its call forwarding system will let you pick up these calls from the toggled-in devices. The hassle of having multiple phones and phone numbers goes away.
With the latest updates, Google Voice is expected to bounce back with more potential than earlier. However, this application is only accessible for its US residents.