Fresh Google Voice update! GV got bumped to, and some of the most requested features are finally hitting Google Voice. Let's get to it:

  • Voicemail Prefetch will automatically download your voicemails as soon as they are available, so you can listen to them when you have no data coverage.
  • Group Messaging will let you spam all your friends at once with the same message, just comma separate numbers or names in the "To:" box.
  • "Improved text message notification" - We really have no idea right now. Commenters?

If you're anything like me, you're probably asking "What does it look like on ICS?!" Well, this isn't the ICS-themed update every other app seems to be getting. It does support the action bar, though that probably came with the Honeycomb update.

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In the settings there's a "Dogfood" heading. "Dogfooding" means "testing your software by using it." It's usually something developers do, so I'm pretty sure they didn't mean for this to go out the door.

All the dogfood settings let you do is send feedback. Still though, if there's one thing all Google Voice users love to do (me included), it's complain about the Google Voice app. Let them have it, fellas.

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • jim

    finally some good new features. at least they're making steps in the right direction

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

      Yeah, any progress is good progress for Google Voice.

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  • Dan

    who knows. They announced a long time ago on twitter that they "pushed" a new version with notification updates, but that never happened and they never commented to it. I also find that dogfood setting strange. I was hoping they would finally have a better notification icon for text messages, but nothing has changed.

  • http://j.mp/scottbeamer Scott Beamer

    Strangely, I had no complaints about the previous version, but I'm always up for new/improved features.....

  • bestandroid

    google france said google voice comes 2011's end, we are waiting again...

  • LH

    "Improved text message notification": the previous indicator used to get stuck showing new messages when you had already viewed the new message (if the thread was already on the screen), and/or wouldn't take you to view the new message, you'd get stuck viewing the current thread, and Back would take you to the Launcher screen rather than the thread list, so sometimes it was impossible to even read your new messages or see the thread list. Hopefully that's what they mean they fixed.

    • Ron Amadeo

      It still doesn't correctly populate the back stack. Back still closes the app when entering the app from a notification, I just tested it.

      This is fixed in ICS, with it's app level back icon, but everyone else still has no way get to the inbox from a notification.

  • Owen Finn

    They need to bring it to Canada already!

  • Jawabba

    Notification issue: txts would arrive and there would be no notification by sound or visually. (you wouldn't realize a text was there unless you opened the app and saw you had an unread message)

  • Fredrik

    Yup. Probably nice in the USA .. Was hoping for more countries though...
    Norway please :-)

  • LAmDroid

    hoping the days close in when it's just one collective service. GoogleVoice, G+, Gtalk all combined into one service

  • lettcco

    need multiple google account login please

  • ebbhead

    used to be able to press on voice mail entry and call the contact. where did that feature go!?

    • Ron Amadeo

      Touch the picture. It's still there. You'll get a popup.

  • jerome

    I'm still waiting for MMS support

  • Ray

    I'm still waiting for it to be completely separate from SMS.

  • jonnymaki

    I don't think there will be an ICS version. It's integrated into the call log.

    • Ron Amadeo

      There's no integrated way to send GV text messages in ICS

  • B

    MMS support please

  • J

    Out of curiosity, any one know where the pre-fetched voice mails are stored & what format they're stored in...

    I don't see anything on the SD card that looks like a Google Voice storage place...

    I occasionally get voicemails I may want to keep and/or forward on to someone. If the phone is automatically downloading them... All I'd need to do is upload it to the desktop or MMS it to a friend...