September 15, 2010

Previously Leaked Google Voice with Widgets Goes Official

Google has now made it easier and faster to access your Google Voice application by making available two new widgets. We first learned of the widgets when the G2 system dump turned up, but Google has updated their Android Market application allowing for everyone to get in on the time saving action.

The two widgets offer an inbox shortcut along with a setting widget to quickly change settings without ever leaving the homescreen. The four new settings features include:

  • Go to inbox
  • Compose a message
  • Change call settings: use for all calls, do not use for calls, international calls only and ask for every call.
  • Do not disturb toggle switch

For those that lifted the Google Voice apk from the system dump, you might want to update the app officially to get the latest version

Scan the QR code below via your Android device or if browsing on your phone simply click the image

You can also search for “Google Voice” in the Android Market

Via: Google Voice Blog


Google adds missed call notification emails to Voice

If you rely heavily on Google Voice, as we do, but don’t have an Android handset — preventing you from leveraging the superb Voice app — we have good news. Google has added the ability to send missed call notification emails directly to your email address of choice. As the Google Voice Blog explains: “Starting today, whenever you miss a call, you can see a notification in your Google Voice inbox, or receive an email notification, or both. This setting can be turned on and off from the Calls tab in the Settings menu.” The feature is live and ready to be used. Enjoy.


Leaked T-Mobile G2 ROM brings Google Voice widgets for your existing Android phone


If you’re a Google Voice lover, there is a pretty good chance you’ll jump at the opportunity to install the latest leaked version. Not only does it contain ever-exciting unspecified changes since it’s a new version, it also brings homescreen widgets. Something most people have been waiting for, the widgets allow shortcuts for composing a text message, seeing your Google Voice calling balance, settings access, and the ability to toggle Google Voice. It all comes from the leaked ROM for the T-Mobile G2, made by HTC, that’s been making the rounds lately. Going to give a go? We’re loading up the .apk now!


Google Voice Widgets Coming on T-Mobile G2

As you can see in the image above, Google Voice will soon have widgets that can be placed on your homescreen. This version of Google Voice that I’m currently using is v0.4.1.19 which I have extracted out of the T-Mobile G2 system dump. As you can see, the Google Voice Settings widget gives you four shortcuts, which are:

  • Go to inbox
  • Compose a message
  • Change call settings: use for all calls, do not use for calls, international calls only and ask for every call.
  • Do not disturb toggle switch

The settings widget also lets you keep up with your account balance. This settings feature isn’t much, but it definitely aids users who frequent Google Voice services. The other widget that you see above is called Google Voice Inbox, because well, that’s what it does. It’s a straight shot to your inbox to easily view old messages or simply to hit up those unread ones.

Anyone have this the new Google Voice running on your device?

Google adds Linux support to browser voice and video chat in Gmail

Thursday, Google announced that it added support for browser-based voice and video chat in Debian-based Linux distributions. If you rock Ubuntu, or any Debian-flavored OS, you can head over to to download the plugin. The full text of the post is below:

If you’ve been wanting to use voice and video chat on Linux (our top video chat request), then we have good news for you: it’s now available! Visit to download the plugin and get started. Voice and video chat for Linux supports Ubuntu and other Debian-based Linux distributions, and RPM support will be coming soon.


Google Add Extra Voice Control to your Android 2.2 Device!


When I got my hands on the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide and had a chance to play with the enhanced Genius features, I kept wondering why we couldn’t all have the cool features of sending email and text messages using just our voice.  The guys over at Google obviously have some form of telepathy and heard my thoughts.

Google today announced in a press conference in San Fransisco that they have released an updated voice service for all devices running Android 2.2 and above.  the new enhanced voice control add-on for Android now includes Voice Actions that allow you control more features of your Android device than previously permitted.

Quoted from Google announcement today:

Voice Actions are a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone using your voice. Call businesses and contacts, send texts and email, listen to music, browse the web, and complete common tasks, all just by speaking into your phone

I played around with the application a little this afternoon and I can say that’s its working very well on my Google Nexus One. Accurate voice recognition and command detection seemed to be the order of the day and most of my attempts at sending emails, text messages and navigation commands went through without a hitch.

Mike LeBeau, the lead engineer for Voice Actions, show you how it all works in this video:

Google have added quiet a few extra command to the existing voice search facility in Android, they include:

  • send text to [contact] [message]
  • listen to [artist/song/album]
  • call [business]
  • call [contact]
  • send email to [contact] [message]
  • go to [website]
  • note to self [note]
  • navigate to [location/business name]
  • directions to [location/business name]
  • map of [location]

If you’ve already got Android 2.2 on your device, when you get a chance, head over to the Android Market and download the updated Voice Search application.

You can click or scan the QRCode below from your phone to head over and download it now.