As both a Google and an Apple fangirl, it broke my heart to see both companies at odds over the Google Voice iPhone app for more than a year (and by heartbroken, I mostly mean that I was annoyed at having to check Google Voice via mobile web on Safari with the speaker on).
Sure, Google Voice's mobile web version was great for a mobile site, but there's nothing quite like the ease of just being able to tap on an app icon to pull it up, so I was over the moon when I heard that Google and Apple had finally put the past behind them (including the drama of a FCC investigation) and compromised, resulting in the release of the official Google Voice iPhone app this past week. I downloaded it straight away and save a few bugs, I'm pretty darn pleased with it.
User Interface At first glance, the app has a really nice and clean user interface, which proves to be very intuitive. Upon loading, it goes directly to the inbox, where text messages and transcripts of voices messages can be found. I really love the look of this page. It's like the iPhone email box, except with a few extra sprinkles. If someone who leaves you a message is already a contact on your phone, their name and their thumbnail would show up neatly next to each message. Messages can also be very easily starred and archived with a simple tap on that page. One thing that I think is important and that I wish was shown on each voice mail is the date and time stamp of each message. Right now, only the date is shown in the inbox.
Speaker Feature One of my favorite features of the app is that it has the option to turn the speaker on and off. Sounds simple, but in the mobile web version, the speaker was perpetually on as if I were watching a Youtube video, so I could only listen to my voice mail in private places. Now in the app, I can just turn the speaker off and listen to my voice mail wherever I want in private.
Other Features The rest of the features on the app are akin to what can be found in the iPhone's call details, such as contacts, placed, received, and missed calls, as well as text messages. Some other cool things that can be done on the app is that it gives you the ability to call and text from your Google voice number, and you can set Quick Dial Contacts, which is just like the Favorite Contacts list on the iPhone.
Just a Few Gripes Now I mentioned that there were a few bugs. The biggest one was that when I opened up the app for the very first time, the screen was just completely black and no matter how many times I restarted it, the screen would still be blank when the app opened up. Only when I deleted the app and downloaded it for the second time did it work. Another gripe is that this app loads pretty darn slow and there are delays when responding to taps. Also, this app only works on the iPhone and not the iPod Touch for the time being.
These few bugs are relatively minor though, and I'm sure that Google will address them soon. Aside from that, I am one happy camper with this app release! It's in the App Store now, so go check 'em out in iTunes for yourself!
This is a very useful app for me. I find it handy when I want to make international calls, and not having to type the entire international phone number. I can just pick the number from my contact list, and wait for the call... I used to use phone cards before I got to know about this app, but man... this is way better than the hassel of buying and making calls from a phone card. But I have to warn you though that the app itself has some bugs too.
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In September 2010, Sean Kovacs, creator of the app GV Mobile +, announced on his Twitter that Apple had re-accepted the application, and it has since been available for purchase on the Apple App Store. This is the second Google Voice service app available in the Apple's official application store for a year and a half, released just a day after "GV Connect" had been available.
In November 2010, the official iPhone application became available in the App Store.