Several months after 3rd party Google Voice apps started appearing on the App Store (namely GV Mobile +), Google has now released their own official Google Voice app for the iPhone. With it, users can enjoy all major Google Voice features on their iPhones, including:
- Cheap rates for international calls
- Free text messaging to U.S. numbers
- Voicemail transcription
- Display your Google Voice number as caller ID when making calls
The app also supports push notifications, where it’ll instantly send you alerts whenever a new voicemail or text message is received in your account. If you’re already a user of the Google Voice service (currently only available in the US), be sure to take this official (Free) app for a spin.
Google, Google Voice, 3.1 MB – Free
I’d rather not spray TouchMyApps with my opinion on where the platform is headed due to Apple’s short-sightedness, so I will opt rather, for one word which sums up my thoughts: phewy! Apple have become famous for sticking it to devs both big and small, the latest of which is the Moby Dick of developers: Google. According to Apple, apps which utilise Google’s Voice app, “duplicate features that come with the iPhone”. Perhaps they are referring to Free SMS? Cheap long distance? The virtual ability to switch carriers? Are Apple referring to those abilities, because when I review AT&T’s iPhone plan, there isn’t a hint of formal ‘duplication’ of any features, rather, a healthy slathering of innovation.