Google Voice for Android & Blackberry available now

Google has launched its Google Voice application for Android and Blackberry devices. Google Voice is a service that lets its users call or send SMS from their mobile phones using a a Google Voice number. Google Voice was formerly called GrandCentral which was a startup bought by Google in 2007 for US$ 95 million. The service was in dormant stage till 2009 when Google unveiled GrandCentral as Google Voice with enhanced features.

Google Voice essentially provides its users one Google number for all its mobile phone numbers. The video does outline the basic concept of Google Voice succinctly.

The launch of Google Voice application integrates the service more closely which makes placing outgoing calls from Google Voice number easier. The Google Voice service can be accessed by first dialling your Google Voice number and then make calls or sensDsms. The application removes any need to dial that number and helps placing calls directly. Google Voice Mobile app also incorporates the following features:

# Access your voicemail: read message transcripts, follow along with “karaoke-style” playback of messages, read SMS messages sent to your Google Voice number (even if your phone doesn’t receive SMS messages) and access your call history
# Place calls that display your Google Voice number from your address book, the app dialer (Blackberry) or the native dialer (Android)
# Send SMS messages that display your Google Voice number
# Place international calls at low rates

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