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Google Voice comes to Android and BlackBerry smartphones

by Parm Mann on 15 July 2009, 17:03

Tags: Voice, Blackberry, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)

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Google has today launched Google Voice for mobile, with initial support limited to Android and BlackBerry handsets.

Google Voice, formerly known as GrandCentral, is a free web-based service that primarily makes use of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) to provide a single Google number for a user's multiple phones. The service, currently available on an invite-only basis for US customers, also provides features such as SMS management, voicemail transcripts and cheaper international calls.

Having launched as a web-based service in March, the next logical step is to bring it to mobile handsets and that's happening today in the form of the Google Voice app for Android and BlackBerry. iPhone users fear not, as your unique app is under development and will inevitably make its way to the Apple App Store at a later date.

The Google Voice app is designed to "integrate seamlessly with your phone's native address book, making it even easier to call or text with your Voice number," says Google. There's no mention of support for Windows Mobile, but Google has provided the following demonstration video:



The Google Voice app is available to BlackBerry users at m.google.com/voice and Android users can find it by searching for "Google Voice" on the Android Marketplace.



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Sounds good. I only recently started making use of the Google mobile voice search recently on the Blackberry and that works really well so high hopes for this then.