It seems to be Google jumped the gun on publicizing what looks like will be the main update to Google Voice. Google Voice customers could see the following communication at the top of their inbox for most of the day: “The new Google Voice is here. Try now.”
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Inappropriately, nothing occurred when clicking “try now.” Still, it recommends that a main update is on the way for the call forwarding and voicemail service. Google has confirmed this with Digital Trends.
“Sorry, it seems to be we must have dialed the wrong number,” a Google representative said. “But don’t worry, this wasn’t a trick call. We’re working on some updates to Google Voice at present. We have you on speed dial and we’ll be assured to share what we’ve been up to just as soon as we can.”
The service, which launched in 2009, has barely received much love from the company for the past few years — the iOS app, for example, was previously updated in June. The Android app was previously updated in May. Google has mostly ignored Voice and hasn’t introduced new features for a long time.
Still, the service functions fine and it’s surprising the search giant hasn’t axed it yet unlike some of its other products, like Google Wave and Reader. The message that leaked the incoming update suggests that this will be the big one customers have been waiting for.
It’s likely it may include a service-wide update to Google’s design, Material Design guidelines. Voice may also feature some addition with its latest messaging app, Allo. It’s uncertain when it will go live, but we’ll have to stay tuned until the update begins to come out.