Google Voice

  • Google Voice calls skyrocket to 1 million/day on Gmail

    My account hasn't even been activated yet.

    Wow, how is that for scale?  Google tweeted today that it had already surpassed the 1 million call mark on its first day of Google Voice integration with Gmail. And not everyone has even had their Gmail accounts integrated yet (like me!).

    In a tweet on their official feed, Google (GOOG) said:

    Over 1,000,000 calls placed from Gmail in just 24 hours! Thanks to everyone using MORE

    - Aug 26, 2010 2:36 PM ET
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  • Google Voice to become Skype-killer tomorrow?

    Google is opening its Voice service to work within a Gmail window according to reports.  An announcement tomorrow is too much of a coincidence.

    We know two things that very well may change the way you communicate over phones forever:

    One: Google is having a press event tomorrow morning to unveil something exciting.  We don't know what.

    Two: Users of Gmail are starting to see some exciting little extras in their Gmail chat MORE

    - Aug 24, 2010 10:24 PM ET
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  • Google VoIP Desktop grass roots campaign starts

    Google had reportedly nixed their desktop Skype killer in favor of a browser-based version.  Now, a petition has started for Google to release the desktop client.

    Backstory: Google purchased VoIP provider Gizmo5 last year in a move which seemed to indicate that they were going to merge their Google Voice and Google Talk clients to make a Skype-like service that would be able to call traditional phone numbers.

    Since that point not MORE

    - Jul 3, 2010 11:23 AM ET
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  • Google Voice now open to all in the US

    Google's call-routing telephony service goes mainstream.

    When Google bought Grand Central three years ago, many Google watchers saw this day coming. Google Voice is now a free service for everyone in the U.S., no invite needed.

    What is Google Voice, you may wonder? The fine folks in Mountain View have put together a pretty good two-minute elevator pitch:

    Google has been preparing for today's launch by buying up literally millions of phone numbers MORE

    - Jun 22, 2010 1:59 PM ET
  • Google's Skype-killer spotted?

    It is only a matter of time before Google's purchase of Gizmo5 turns into a VoIP service that is integrated to Google Voice.  Is this the first sign of it?

    The (unofficial)  Google Operating System Blog has a supposed screenshot of what the Google web-based Skype-like client would look like.

    It appears to be in the new web-based Talk window that is in your Gmail or iGoogle homepage.

    Google purchased a company MORE

    - Jun 10, 2010 4:40 PM ET
  • Dell details Streak tablet, includes Google Voice

    Dell today detailed its upcoming Dell Streak (Mini 5) Android tablet with some interesting details.

    The device will be released initially in the UK on O2 with follow-up rollouts in the US and elsewhere starting later this summer.  What's interesting about this device is that it isn't being branded as a 'Smartphone' and may not be sold with voice options, even though it contains 3G hardware for data (and in the MORE

    - May 25, 2010 1:04 PM ET
  • Google gives up its fight with the carriers... for now

    Google signaled an end to its ambitions to bypass the carriers with its announcement that it would discontinue the Nexus One Store last month.

    In a media Q&A session today, Google's Android leadership told the press audience that they had given up on having an independent Android store because they wanted to focus on working with the carrier partners. The move was likely fueled by the lackluster sales of the MORE

    - May 20, 2010 8:30 PM ET
  • Google acquires Global IP Solutions to pump video conferencing

    Google pays $68.2 million in cash for the voice and video over IP technology maker.

    As part of their expansion into new technology fields, Google has recently been gobbling up companies at a voracious clip.

    One area of strong acquisitions is in video and VoIP fields. Google picked up On2 last year and has been building an open source video codec called VP8 around On2's technology. The company also purchased Grand Central to become MORE

    - May 18, 2010 11:04 AM ET
  • Google gives Voice to students as Gizmo integration looms

    Google is now offering a Google Voice invite to anyone with an .edu email address.

    The announcement, made on the official Google Voice Blog, lets the floodgates open to users interested in managing their voice communications with Google.

    Google offers a free phone number, Voicemail transcription, call routing, cheap international calling and a bunch of other cool features with Voice. (Great video overview of Google Voice services here.)

    Until now, the free service had been MORE

    - May 17, 2010 4:21 PM ET
  • Hack allows first generation handsets to upgrade to Android 2.1

    The hack proves that Android 2.1 can work on first generation Android phones like the T-Mobile G1.

    Called Cyanogen, the upgrade is not for the feint of heart and has the very real potential of bricking your phone.  However, if successful, HTC Dream, Magic and Sapphire (T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G) users could have most of the features of the Nexus One on older, slower Android phones.

    What's NOT included that MORE

    - Apr 30, 2010 3:56 PM ET
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