New Version of Google Voice Coming Soon, Hints Banner Ad
It looks like Google Voice is finally getting the much needed (and much delayed) makeover soon. The reports started pouring in when a few users spotted a banner ad in the Google Voice app, suggesting them to try out the new version of the app.
Confusion between Google Voice and Hangout
Many of the Hangout users outside the US believe that Google Voice is a part of Hangout. Google has integrated the Voice feature in its Hangout app, but the Voice app still has its place among other standalone messenger apps by Google on Play Store. It also has a dedicated website, which describes the Voice app as a communication platform for making international calls via Google number. Through the Voice app, users can also listen to voice mails and send text messages.
Update cycle so far
Google had not been paying much attention to the Voice app. The last update for the app was rolled out in 2014, which means that Google had been stalling it for two years. The 2014 update brought the MMS messages support for the app. The desktop version of Google Voice still has an old Gmail interface, and an update could prove to be useful for cheering up the existing user base.
The Banner Ad for the new version of the app was only visible to select users. The ones who spotted the ad stated that it contained a link that was supposed to redirect them to the download page, but it failed to do so.
When The Verge contacted Google about the banner ad, a spokesperson for Google said,
"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."
The statement from Google does confirm the imminent update rollout for the Voice app. We could expect an upgraded UI for the app along with integration with Google Allo and Google Duo. We will get to know more about the changes once Google officially rolls out the update with a detailed changelog.