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[Update: Fix rolling out, APK download] Google Voice update breaks essential features

When software is updated, it's usually to add new features or correct bugs. However, there are times when a new release does the exact opposite by taking functionalities away or breaking them. This is precisely what happened with a recent Google Voice update, which caused the application to malfunction. Indeed, users have reported the new software crashes at launch or, for the luckier ones, ignores speakerphone and Bluetooth toggles.

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G Suite accounts now get Assistant support, Google Voice, and much more

The most prevailing complaint with G Suite accounts (and Google Apps accounts before that) has always been the lack of features. Google Assistant, Google Home, Family Sharing, YouTube TV, Google Fi, and more services are either partially working or non-functional on G Suite. While there's still a large gap between personal and G Suite accounts, the gap is now a bit smaller.

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Android Auto update brings half-baked support for Google Voice messages

Android Auto is designed with simplicity and safety in mind. As such, it will not show all your notifications while you drive, but only the most important ones like navigation, weather, calls, and messages. However, the latter can only be played vocally and are limited to a few apps such as SMS, WhatsApp, and Hangouts. Until now, Google Voice wasn't supported in Android Auto, which meant incoming texts wouldn't appear on your car's screen. The company is finally fixing this thanks to an update that notifies you when receiving Google Voice messages.

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Hiding outgoing call ID now live on Google Voice for Android and desktop

Around the middle of last month, 9to5Google spotted that Google Voice was picking up up a toggle to strip caller ID on outgoing calls — à la *67, but without having to dial it every single time. The new feature rolled out to the iOS version of Google Voice last month, and now it's here for both Android and the Google Voice site.

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Google rolls out subtle Material Theme tweaks to Docs and Voice

Whether you like or hate the stark whiteness of Google's Material Theme/Material Design 2/whatever you want to call it, its influence has been unceasingly percolating throughout the company's various apps and services. Google Docs and Google Voice are the latest to see changes, picking up a handful of tweaks including monochrome, hollowed-out iconography, rounded corners, and more white.

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Google Voice will let you permanently hide your caller ID for all outgoing calls

The once-forgotten communication app Google Voice has seen a few interesting updates recently. VoIP calling was introduced last month, right before the app received a refreshing Material Design makeover. A new setting has just rolled out to iOS users that lets them easily hide their caller ID for all outgoing calls, and it should be coming to Android soon.

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Google Voice is the latest app to get a Material makeover [APK Download]

A ton of Google apps have already gotten Material redesigns, and Voice is the latest to join the party. Following yesterday's Gmail redesign, several readers have tipped us off on a new and improved UI in Voice. And yes, we have the APK for you guys to download.

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Google Voice VoIP calls will be live for everyone by next week

Google took a long, long break from Google Voice a while back. After letting the app fall into disrepair, Google expressed a renewed commitment to Voice in 2017. It has since announced a handful of feature updates, including VoIP calling in 2018. However, that feature never actually rolled out to everyone. Google's Scott Johnston says it's almost time, though.

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Google Voice now supports calling emergency services, but only for businesses and schools

One of the major limitations of Google Voice since its inception is that you can't call 911 or other emergency service numbers. Most VoIP services share this problem, since it's usually impossible for responders to obtain your exact location. Google is working on addressing this, but not for regular users.

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Google Voice is testing support for audio and video MMS attachments

Initial support for MMS messages in Google Voice arrived in 2014, but only for photos — video and audio attachments still eluded Voice users. Thankfully, this is finally being addressed. The changelog for version 2018.43 of Voice includes "playback support for audio and video MMS attachments."

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