Google Voice may not have received a lot of attention from Google in 2016, but that doesn’t mean that the company isn’t bothered about its users as a confirmation from Google has just arrived that Google Voice will be receiving a major update soon.
The Google Voice update saga started off when a number of users started seeing a message on Google Voice site that read: “The new Google Voice is here” and “TRY NOW’. Considering how updates and upgrades make people curious, many went on to click on the “TRY NOW” link but nothing happened and this effectively gave them the impression that Google may played a prank. When clicked on the link, users were not taken to a new interface, but the page reloaded to the same version of Google Voice; however, those with keen eyes did spot “redirection” as a term in the URL and this means that there was something in store and that Google may have been revealing too much too soon.
Realising that there has been a snafu at its end, Google released a statement apologising to users about showing off the Google Voice update message too soon and said that they are indeed working on updating the service and that information about the same will be released soon.
“Sorry, it looks like we must have dialled the wrong number! But don’t worry, this wasn’t a prank call. We’re working on some updates to Google Voice right now. We have you on speed dial and we’ll be sure to share what we’ve been up to just as soon as we can,” Google said in a statement.
Google has a number of apps/services that are offering the same service – more or less – Google Voice, Google Hangouts, Allo and Duo. Google has indirectly made it clear that it will be focusing on the more recent apps and this means that Hangouts and Voice might not receive the attention that Allo and Duo will garnet, but Google has also made it clear that it is not going to pull the plug on Hangouts for now. However, Hangouts’ fate is a lot more uncertain after Google revealed last week that it would be shutting down its Hangouts API via an update in the Hangouts FAQ page.
While nothing is known at the moment as to what the new Google Voice update will bring, it is likely that Google is now focusing on integrating Voice with Allo and Duo, and we may see the result of that soon enough.