The Google Voice app received an update this morning, one that comes much to the relief of Android 4.2 users, who have been enduring crashes that have essentially made the app unusable since the OTA landed on Nexus devices. As far as I can tell, everything's back to normal in this update, as I successfully sent a text from my Nexus 7 running 4.2 just a moment ago. Head over to the Play Store to grab the update now.

David Ruddock
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  • Jimas

    It seems like a bug sending texts via Google Voice using voice actions in Jelly Bean was also fixed: http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=34175

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Cool. Now if they could just make the app not horrible, we'd be golden.

      • Logan B.

        It would really be nice if Google didn't neglect GVoice completely. It might be one of Google Users' most beloved services.

        • perfectlyreasonabletoo

          It's only available in the US and will remain so for the foreseeable future due to the protectionist policies countries have over their communication networks.

          You can't get Skype-In phone numbers in Canada either, for example.

      • mrsbelpit

        Can you guys confirm that group messaging is now threaded properly? Still waiting on my update. Thanks.


  • Logan B.

    It's really a shame Google neglects GVoice so much. I'd argue that it's one of Google Users' most beloved services.

    • ProductFRED

      I wish they'd make it bubble-chat style instead of a vertical wall of text. I also wish they'd have themes, or at least an inverted theme (white text on black background) to save battery on AMOLED devices.

    • ddpacino

      Not until they give me MMS! lol

    • http://twitter.com/Xezuka Xezuka

      Merging their messaging services is coming this year imo

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      I'd love to see some serious expansions to it. For one: let me set default call settings for contacts so I can skip the dialog that asks me which number I want to call with. I use different numbers for different people, so can't keep it on only one, but this kills voice dialing. Also, merge text messages with the main Messaging app so I can track them all in one place. And allow different notifications for texts versus voicemails. I treat them differently.

  • mgamerz

    Still no expandable notifications? They really don't like Google Voice eh?

    • perfectlyreasonabletoo

      As it's only available in one country I doubt it's their highest priority.

  • Mike Loomis

    I have a Google Voice question that maybe can be answered here: I have a cell phone, with it's own number, that uses Google Voice as it's answering machine. However, my Google Voice account is it's own separate number as well. Is there a way to have people who call my cell number hear one message and people who call my Google Voice number hear a different message, even though they both get routed to my cell phone?

    • BangIShotYou

      I believe, and someone correct me if I'm mistaken, that you can do exactly what you're asking using the web interface for Google Voice.

      I should add I'm basing this off the fact that you can have people in your contacts list hear one message when they call your Google Voice number and people NOT in your contacts list hear a completely different message.

      Does this work for your phone's number and Google Voice's number I'm not sure. You can definitely check it out.

      I have a similar setup as yourself actually, but I only give out my Google Voice number to a small handful of people. Namely, people who I want to be able to contact me at any time and anywhere. Everyone else can call my cell phone, which I answer or don't at my leisure. Any calls to my Google Voice number though I always answer. Ditto text messages sent to it.

    • JG

      For contacts who only know one of your numbers, yes it'll be very easy. Go to the Google Voice site & make a "Mobile Only" and "Voice Only" group, populate the groups with the corresponding contacts, record voice mail greetings & assign each to the particular group.

      While your mucking about in there, unless you need the calls forwarded to another number, I'd advise setting the mobile-only group to go straight to voice mail. Otherwise callers will have to sit through both your mobile & google voice's rings before getting to hear your voice mail greeting, which could be annoying, and/or problematic. I know it confused my mom who thought she called the wrong number & tried calling me like 4 different times one day.... It was "fun" finding 4 missed calls from mom & no voice mail when I finally got to the phone....

      If a contact could be calling either number (an unknown caller, or someone you've given both numbers to), I'm not 100% but I don't think there is anyway for Google Voice to know if the call was forwarded by your mobile or coming in directly from the caller (both have the caller ID of the original caller)... So you'd either have to come up with a third greeting for them, or assign them to a group based on the number with which they'd likely be calling.

      • Mike Loomis

        I haven't really given the GV number out to anyone, but I was thinking I could use it as a work number. But then it would need it's own message, separate from my cell message. I couldn't figure out how to separate the two.

  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    Not sure if this was a recent change but I can now install and update Voice on my tablet instead of having to sideload it!

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      I've been running it on Nexus 7 since the 7 was released, so it doesn't appear to be recent.

  • Steven Schoen

    Yay, the first patch in months! New features: None! Enhancements: None! But now it doesn't crash!

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Except for me, as now it's crashing constantly when it worked flawlessly before this update. Ugh.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    And adds Android 4.1 crashes. At least for me.

  • ciara

    Mines just crashed so annoying it says to message and report but when you click on it doesn't go anywhere. Please fix this shit