Google Voice Update: Android and BlackBerry App

Google has recently launched an update for its native Blackberry and Android apps that will speed up phone call connections while using Google Voice. In a blog update, the Google Voice team touched on the issue with dialing out – there could be lag between dialing, and connection.

According to a mashable.com article by Ben Parr, this is because the Google Voice app had to make data requests to the server every time you made a call. However, this was not something that the speed-obsessed Google could tolerate, and they’ve now made an update.

Starting from now, Google Voice calls from the native apps will use a system that the company has called “direct access numbers.” Rather than making data requests from the Google servers, the Android and Blackberry app will assign a unique phone number to every person you call.

Ben Parr and fellow mashable.com colleague Brenna Ehrlich say they attempted to test out the new feature, but couldn’t discern the speed difference. How are you finding the new update? Feel free to let us know.

  • Chris

    The bad part about the update is that you cannot use the unlimited outgoing call feature anymore. Since the connection number changes now, you can't list a "google number" on your friends and family list anymore :(

  • Art

    I just use the web site on my Droid Moto..works fine..I made it as a quick link.