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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Aragorn, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Aragorn

    Aragorn Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Is there a better app that would allow me to send SMS messages through Google Voice than the default one? I have a number of issues with the Google provided app:

    * It doesn't thread correctly. It will randomly create a new thread for messages with the same contact
    * I can't send to multiple people simultaneously
    * I'd like to see a popup when I get a text, even when the screen is locked

    Are there other apps that let me do this through the Google Voice service?

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  2. DrScrubs

    DrScrubs Well-Known Member

    Yeah. That part bothers me too. GV creates a new thread after each day. Seems like it sorta resets for whatever reason. It's not just the GV app but GV itself. It does the same thing when I text using the website.
  3. gm0ney

    gm0ney Lurker

    I agree. Add the fact that notification is labeld Voicemail for both voicemail and texts.
  4. zion800

    zion800 Lurker

    I am also frustrated by these same things! I hope Google focuses on their app a little more...
  5. lexluthor

    lexluthor Android Expert

    If some developer ever figures out how to do a 3rd party GV app, they'd make a killing.
  6. jordanf98765

    jordanf98765 Newbie

    For any developers who read this thread -- there is a google voice sms api, but it's not well documented.

    Please make this app. Google's official sms app is an insult. I would pay $10 for a good substitute. It's worth far more than that in saved agitation alone.

    Seriously. I will give you $10.
  7. Saltine713

    Saltine713 Android Enthusiast

    There is: GV SMS. Also allows to text contact groups.
  8. elemteacher2be

    elemteacher2be Well-Known Member

    Hmmm, googling that shows me that's available for the iPhone only though.

    EDIT: Oh, nevermind - I see it there.

    I just want the UI for GV to be customizable.
  9. lexluthor

    lexluthor Android Expert

    From the description, this doesn't appear to be what we are looking for. This seems to just add the ability to do group SMS to Google Voice.

    What exactly does gv SMS do? There's very little info on it, hasn't been updated on a long time and only 500 downloads, but it costs $1.90.

    Many of us are looking for a Go SMS/Handcent/Chomp SMS type thing to use with google voice.

    I emailed all of those times and the Chompsms team wrote back and told me they are working on it. This was already months ago and they didn't give an ETA then, so who knows if they'll ever really do it.
  10. Saltine713

    Saltine713 Android Enthusiast

    I got it for free, plus it fixes all of the thread issues. The UI isn't as nice as the Voice app though. Just more functional.
  11. lexluthor

    lexluthor Android Expert

    So GV SMS is a complete stand alone app that you open up and you can text to people in your contact list and you can receive texts in that app?

    Does it have it's own built in notification system?

    What more can you tell us? There's so little info on this app.

    And UI isn't as nice as the official GV app? How could the UI be any more vanilla than that?
  12. Saltine713

    Saltine713 Android Enthusiast

    1. Yes, but it goes through Google Voice, so you need that installed too.

    2. Yes it does.

    3. It just seems less smooth. Kinda hard to explain
  13. decalex

    decalex Android Enthusiast

    Hey guys.. just wanna spread the word -- since I use Google Voice for all of my SMS, this issue has been a pain for me. I like the Google Voice SMS app.. but the notification options have been KILLING me.

    there's finally an app on the market that supports Google Voice Notification popups, actually using the Google Voice App.

    I'm not the developer and have no affill with the company, but been waiting for this forever. I posted here-- totally worth checking out!

    [APP] [OMG] Google Voice SMS Popup Notifications - xda-developers

    Also, since he's on to something, I contacted him, and he's already got up a Google Voice Notification app on the market that I'm sure he'll be refining. Super excited..
  14. lexluthor

    lexluthor Android Expert

    decalex likes this.
  15. jordanf98765

    jordanf98765 Newbie

    Looks like a perfect solution for anyone with a rooted android.

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