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Google hasn't completely forgotten about Voice – after nine months with nary a peep, the Google Voice app has suddenly woken up in the Play Store. The new version comes with version number 0.4.3.8, which isn't even a big jump from the last one (v0.4.2.82). Actually, the fact that the app has been updated at all is the most remarkable thing about this. There's almost nothing new here.

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The selector isn't new, but the popup is


What’s New

  • New popup with international calling information.

The additional warning for international calls is really all we've spotted so far (it links to this page). It seems that after so long there should be something new. We're not even seeing hints of a Hangouts changeover. The APK is available for download below, so feel free to install and see if anything looks different to you.

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The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.apps.googlevoice-0.4.3.8.apk.

Version: 0.4.3.8 (Android 2.0+).

MD5: a8a60496bf69a990186795411c2d9bd1.

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Ryan Whitwam
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  • techlte

    Google we're breaking up.

    • Shaques

      Seriously Google. F you.

  • Daveon Jackson

    I'll wait.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/psychomaniac189 psychomaniac189

      Yeah. I'll wait for my phone to automatically download this. waste of time for me to update an app with almost no changes.

  • Hangouts, Please

    Dear Google, I hope this is the last version of this app.

    • Brad

      I'm torn... I like having my voicemail separate from texts.

      • ProductFRED

        I stopped using GV because I hated how threads were categorized seemingly randomly (by day instead of contact?), how inconsistent sending and receiving was, how terrible the Android app is, and how I didn't receive any MMS messages or even indications of MMS messages (don't mention "BUT ON SPRINT", because I'm not on Sprint).

        • Thronnos

          That falls onto the carriers a lot of times. You say not to say 'on sprint' but I use it on sprint and it's brilliant. I'm capable of accessing my texts on any device I own in real time. Plus voice-mail screening and support. The service when used as intended has been nothing but brilliant.

          I've been using it for 4 years so I've got a lot of hands on experience

          • derk p

            too bad where im at, ITS UNUSABLE, theres a HORRIBLE echo.. calls dont go through when i make them, or callers cant hear me when they call me. very frustrating when trying to call people for time sensitive things and theyre like, wtf

            although the ability to use the phone over wifi was amazing and flawless, connecting it to my sprint phone number effectively killed the real phone service so all you people NOT on sprint wishing for this, it SUCKS

          • Some dude

            Wtf? What about Google Voice and Sprint allowed you to make calls over wifi? GV is not a VOIP service. Are you talking about an app like GroovIp? That is
            Technically is a Google Talk client

          • derk p

            either way, that doesnt matter that the original point of my issue is with google voice connected to sprint ruined sprint's cdma voice calling. removing the integration restored phone calls to normal

        • Eric Mendes

          I've been using GV since the beginning and pretty much all of your gripes are right on point. Currently, I don't even really use the app. All my texts are forwarded to my phone. They come in with a weird number, but once I add that to my contacts list, I never have to worry about it again. This is great because I can text everyone online and read replies without having my phone on me. Its pretty clutch when traveling aboard.

          The MMS thing.. don't get me started. Very annoying having to explain that to people.

          • Shaban Pelinku

            Do you have a rooted phone? If you do check out XVoice for Xposed on Android. What is does is make system level changes how texts are sent through Hangouts (or your SMS app of choice) to Google Voice's API so SMS messages are sent through your native app and get received in your native app. You don't need that weird number anymore

            Also the MMS thing is awkward as hell

        • hp420

          Then set hangouts as default sms app on your phone, and set GV to forward all your messages to your main phone number. This gets pseudo-integration....including pseudo-MMS to Sprint & Tmo.

        • Brad

          Yeah, I use my regular number for texts/mms and i'm on sprint. I don't like things co-mingling. I guess I rarely get voicemails, though, so I'll deal if I have to.

      • Crispin Swickard

        They could just put an inbox at the bottom of the navigation drawer something similar to gmail/email, and it could open in a similar interface as it is now.

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    • RajivSK

      They probably just asked the team to push the last changes before shutting down. ;)

  • ddpacino

    Weeks away from I/O and more-than-likely GV-support in Hangouts, and they finally give this an update?? Google, u funny.

    • Shaques

      In my experience they usually make the app worse so maybe they didn't think it was crappy enough...

  • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

    May be they injected code to support upcoming Hangouts Voice integration.

    • RyanWhitwam

      We looked. Haven't seen anything yet.

      • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

        How do you look at code in an APK? I thought all the APK teardowns were for images and text resources inside the package, not code.

        Genuine curiosity.

        • Eric Ahn

          You can run the APK through apktool to disassemble the code into Smali assembly. I've used it before to see how a bunch of apps work.

        • yeshu

          https://code.google.com/p/smali/

          This is how Ron Amadeo used to 'look into' the APK code. I'm assuming Artem and the rest of the crew are doing the same.

        • hp420

          Every piece of software in existence has some kind of code behind it....without exception.

  • Bruna

    I think this makes me mad than no update.

  • IamTheFij

    Wouldn't really expect to see anything in this app hinting at Hangouts integration.

    I imagine that the GV app would just die and be replaced by features integrated into Hangouts.

    • Shaques

      I don't know why they'd update it at this point then.

    • Mike

      What will happen to my voicemails then? If my voicemails are intregrated in to hangouts, great! If not, then wtf?! Google Voice is also awesome for blocking spam numbers from calling me.

      • Chris

        My Google Voice voicemails are integrated with the main phone dialer app. It has an option to choose either Google Voice or your carrier as the voice mail service.

  • abobobilly

    Title made me laugh out loud. Thats pretty funny actually. 9 months update, with ZERO changes.

  • Peter H.

    I am a little disappointed with update Wednesday. An update without any changes?

    • fasd

      I know... No other app updates today besides Google voice. Very disappointing.

      • MJ

        There is a YouTube app update...

        • MJ

          Never mind, it looks like it came out two days ago.

      • SSDROiD

        Two new apps, though.

  • therealbiglou

    Perhaps the fact that it's being actively updated (no matter how small) is a sign of recent activity. It could mean the team has been working on Voice integration into Hangouts and as such, had the time to include this tiny update while it was on their plate.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    That announcement during the call is not new, only the popup inside the app is; right? I've been using GV to place international calls since long time and I've always heard the "2c per minute" announcement before the call goes through.

    • RyanWhitwam

      Yeah, just the popup.

  • enoch861

    According to the change log they did add a warning when you try to text 911.

  • https://plus.google.com/+TroyLeonard Troy Leonard

    I expect nothing new to come at i/o in regards to voice. I ported out last November and will never go back.

    • Fatty Bunter

      Those two sentences are not related.

  • Owen Finn

    Still. No. Canada.

    • hp420

      still. nobody. cares.

      • Owen Finn

        Canadians do.

        • hp420

          no they don't

  • David Spivey

    Personally, I don't know why everyone's so angry. The app does exactly what it's supposed to do based on what Google Voice can currently do. It gets text messages, it sends text messages, it plays and previews voicemails, it sends outgoing calls through GV and all that works just fine. Why so much concern? Is it not pretty enough? I really don't care, as long as it works. Again, why so angry?

    • NF

      Voice has limited support for mms but it only is sent through email attachments, but isn't visible the app.

      • hp420

        This works 100% if you integrate it with hangouts yourself. Set hangouts for default, then set voice to forward to your main phone number. Voila!! Full integration with MMS to/from Sprint and Tmo.

        • NF

          Though that doesn't work for a tablet...

    • dasd

      Well i guess all it takes to make you happy is something thats not completely broken. For me i'd like to see my voicemails integrated with the dialer (no, what voice does isn't good enough). Also bug free.. <--- thats not voice at all. User friendly would be nice too

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      For one thing, it's barely ICS in style or functionality. Missing a lot of navigation standards we've all come to expect.

      It's also often buggy and unreliable, with messages sitting waiting to go out for unclear reasons, back button giving inconsistent results, notifications randomly disappearing so you don't know you got a message, etc.

      It's needed an overhaul for a long time, and the only reason any of us have put up with it is because we know Google's ignoring its problems because they're focused on integrating it with Hangouts. But we can only deal for so long.

    • s_bomb

      I'm not angry, but I'm anxious for this (http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/10/18/free-voip-calls-now-available-on-the-ios-version-of-google-voice-android-update-is-up-in-the-air/) to happen for Android users, considering it came to iOS 8 months ago.

    • Fatty Bunter

      Because we expect progress, as we do with every piece of software these days.

  • Christopher Robert

    getting it ready to integrate it into hangouts at I/O

  • cabbieBot

    !!

  • krudl3rx

    On 4.4.3, Google Voice consistently has the bug where if you back out of the app, it briefly shows the last app and then goes back to the home screen... perhaps then this bug has more to do with GV and less with 4.4.3, and they fixed it?

    • hp420

      It's not just GV...it's system-wide.

      • krudl3rx

        Yeah, but GV does it every single time. I do not get that behavior every time with any other app.

        • hp420

          I get it consistently with EVERY SINGLE app

          • ppww

            Happens often for me too, but always when leaving GV. Bizarre how the zoom-out animation shows the wrong app. I'm thinking it's a bug in ADW Launcher, as that's what does the zooming for me. Are you using that, or also seeing this behavior in the stock Google Now Launcher?

          • hp420

            Google Now Launcher here.

  • hp420

    The integration is already a month overdue....why even bother updating?? When they announced they were cutting access to GV to all 3rd party apps, the deadline was mid-May. So what's the hold-up?

  • jj14x

    What's new also shows "Support for new short codes"

    Any idea what that is about? Does it now support some of the short codes? (just tried short code for redbox - didn't work)

    • Daniel Lamando

      Pretty sure shortcodes were added last year. I know I've been texting my shortcode bank through Voice.

      • jj14x

        Using your GV number? Guess it must be limited support

  • guest

    I wonder if they fixed the not downloading and playing only 1 second of your voicemail bugs. A google search shows GV forums are overrun with complaints and no solutions. I

    • https://soundcloud.com/goodvibestribe a.d.AM

      Happens to me all the time w/ the play 1 sec and stop. Or if I put my ear up to the earpiece to listen to the VM it makes the notification bar come down and stops the VM playing. I then have to hit the back button then play again.

  • quick

    Obligatory Google Voice, hangouts integration rant....

    WTF Google... how long does it take???????????

    Putting out an update like this lol... adding insult to injury.

    Least they could do is fix some bugs.

    • http://scottymeuk.co.uk/ Scott Robertson

      To be fair, all of the integration could easily be hidden in this update, just not enabled it yet. It's much safer for them to do a dark launch like that.

      • quick

        Why would they hide integration in the google voice app?? They would be updating the hangouts app to take over... rendering the google voice app obsolete.

        • http://scottymeuk.co.uk/ Scott Robertson

          Migration features etc? Seems a bit random otherwise to push this update. Especially with big version jump.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Best changelog ever

  • Milton P.

    I had to root my phone so I can use GVoice+ Framework Xposed module, that way all my texts are in my default SMS app, thanks to that I completely get rid of the GV app, and I don't really care about MMS, it would be cool to get it so other people can use it but doesn't matter to me at all.

    I just hope that Google give us a great comeback after Apple announced its iOS calls integration with its computers, would be cool to have a total integration within Google Voice, Hangouts and Chrome. One can only dream.

  • alex0000000001

    Please launch GV outside of the US!

  • Zakhmi Dil
    • Arthur Dent

      STFU

  • Alain Lafond

    As usual, nothing for Canada... A third world country, sooooooooooo far from USA.

  • Prosti95

    Thats what happens if AP leaks too much! They take away the update wednesday! They ruin everything! Thats our penalty for those sins!

  • Brad

    I got another update last night. Notice zero changes.

  • ppww

    Had a brief glimmer of hope that I could finally set it as the default SMS app in KitKat 4.4.3. Default App Manager now shows GV as default for Messaging, which it wasn't able to do before this update. But alas, when I click the SMS icon in Contacts or Dialer, it insists on launching Hangouts or Handcent, neither of which will use my GV number. And if I freeze out both of those, text operations launch Titanium Backup. ?!?

  • http://www.chabuku.com ChaBuku

    Have you tried to sign up for a new Google Voice number recently? They are basically out of numbers. I wonder how long before they ax it.