Google Voice from USA with love, comparison of the application between Android and iPhone
Okay, possibly this headline did not suit you very well if you have a mobile with the iOS platform, that is iPhone and derivatives (a little strange that you are reading this blog), but it was logical that Google voice keep winning ‘at home’.
Basically Google Voice is like having a digital switchboard, in this virtual case, where you configure a Google phone number, which is the one you will share with everyone. To this number you associate all the landlines and / or mobile phones you want and set filters as if it were your Gmail mailbox.
For those who are not very clear about what it offers Google voice, I recommend that you read the SamaGame analysis where they explain how the web version integrated in Gmail.
Waiting, If you connect from Spain, do not try to register in this Google service, because at the moment only available in the USA. If you are a bit crafty, configuring your connection with a USA proxy, you can complete the activation process, but notice that it is a bit tedious and, to this day, the truth, having fonYou in Spain, no more is needed.
In any case, US users have been using it for some time and can give us a preview of how this service is and, for the part that interests us, how it works on a mobile Android vs iPhone.
Easy, Google has put the best of the factory on its Android and Google Voice will be integrated into your mobile like a glove. In iOS it is one more application, with all that that entails for a mobile with multi-tasking ‘agreed’.
You can configure your Android so by default calls are made through Google Voice, or ask you before making each call. In iOS this possibility does not exist, since the application is not integrated in the mobile
Obviously, as in Android it is integrated, the dialing of a call is done from the dialer of your Android, without more. In iOS you have to launch the application, of course.
All these processes are instantaneous on your Android mobile, but in iOS they report that it usually takes about 15 seconds until the application has fully loaded. You have a heart attack and Saint Peter leaves his Android mobile directly to you
It seems that the theme of SMS notifications sent from Google Voice on Android are not very well resolved, because they do not always arrive instantly as would happen with SMS notifications made through your mobile operator. This time iOS wins, because the sent notifications will arrive as with the rest of the applications.
On both Android and iOS, you have to send SMS from within Google Voice, because if you do it from the native application of your mobile, the number that will appear to the recipient will be that of your operator and not your Google Voice number. That already depends on what you like to show.
In Android as in iOS, the voicemail is very interesting compared to your operator. You save the extra cost of your operator, in addition to that they notify you with an email where, in addition, they make a written transcription of the content of the voice message.
Any service of this type needs a data connection to work, but according to the analysis, Google Voice over Android works fine even when signal quality is poor. In iOS if there is no good signal it seems that you can not do anything.
To conclude and taking into account what has been explained about the limitation of Google Voice in Spain, I suggest you visit the website of fonYou, study their services and, while Google decide to land in hispania, give it a chance. The Android application is not yet officially in the Market, but they have already posted the ‘coming soon’ sign.