If you ever thought Microsoft was trying to rule the world, you’d better think again.Â Google Voice hasÂ updated its BlackBerry App to v0.1.6Â andÂ there does not appear to be aÂ change log regarding what’s new. If you would stillÂ like to grab the update, go to m.google.com/voiceÂ to download.Â
Now on a different front,Â Google has launched aÂ new service for non googleÂ voice users that gives you a whole new way to manage your cell phone’s voice-mail. Here is what theÂ guys over at EngadgetÂ had to say about the service:
“Google VoiceÂ now works with your existing mobile phone number — no need to choose a new Google number that must be communicated to friends, family, and co-workers. This “lighter” version of Google Voice then lets you hand-over voicemail responsibility (and your data) to Google’s authority where you can listen to (or read via automatic voice to text conversion) your voicemail on a computer (in any order you like), read them as text messages on your phone, and choose personalized greetings by caller.”
Basically, you setup your BlackBerry to forward all unanswered calls to your Google Voice voice-mail account instead of your wireless carriers voice mail number. Â There are other companies that also provide this services such asÂ YouMail, who alsoÂ has aÂ pretty nice BlackBerry app. But since the launch of Google Voice, I haven’t heard much from them.Â
The only wireless carrier that I so far have heard that does not play nice with this new service is Sprint. Since the service requires you to forward your unanswered calls, Sprint charges .20 cents a min to do so. Yeah, my thoughts exactly.
If you would like to know more about the service, I have posted a video and a compairson chart below. Be sure toÂ comment on what you think ofÂ Google now getting into the voice-mail business.Â :