To nobody's surprise, the G2, announced this morning, features a Google Voice widget.

What may be surprising is that there are not one, but two of these widgets: a widget that shows the messages you have in your inbox:

as well as the same widget for managing your Voice settings that was leaked a few weeks ago:

What may be an even bigger surprise is that Google has now made both of these widgets available to non-G2 devices through the Android Market. The widgets are available today via an update to the existing Google Voice app and allow users to:

  • See messages in their inbox (Inbox Widget)
  • Open the full Google Voice app by clicking the Google Voice icon (both widgets)
  • Compose and send text messages (Settings Widget)
  • Change dialing preferences (Settings)
  • Enter "Do Not Disturb" mode to send calls straight to Voicemail (Settings)
  • See credit balance (Settings)

Google Voice has always been a great service (and certainly one that I and other members of the Android Police team use on a daily basis), and it looks like it just got quite a bit better for owners of just about any Android device. Right on, Google!

Source: Google Voice Blog

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • tarman

    the new widgets must be for 2.2 since the update looks the same as it did before with 2.1 running.

    • Jaroslav Stekl

      You have to manually add them to your homescreen; they're not there automatically when you update the GVoice app. You can do this by long pressing anywhere where you don't already have an app or a widget, selecting "Widgets" or "Android Widgets," depending on your device, and selecting one of two Google Voice widgets (it's either "Google Voice Inbox" or "Google Voice Settings").
      Works perfectly on both my wife's Epic 4G running stock Eclair (2.1) and my EVO 4G running VirusROM, which is based on 2.2 FroYo.

  • tarman

    Thanks. I think I like the settings widget more. Plus, it will be better when I upgrade my Eris to a Droid 2 (world edition) when I get back from Afghanistan at the end of October.