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the goal - 100% google voice, no dup txt, retain SMS history

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by SDscorch, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. SDscorch

    SDscorch Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    subject says what i'm after - i want to be on GV 100% (voice, txt, whatever else GV provides)

    the problem wiht this so far is that i get duplicate text messages - which is annoying

    the reason for my frustration as i see it is that GV is not as integrated into the phone the same way voice calls are - when you dial out, it goes out through my GV number, not my number from my carrier

    now, i could send a txt to someone using google's GV widget, but the problem with that is i lose the ability to click on the Messages button in the contact's info page (see pg 36 in the manual) and see my entire text history with that client


    however, as a result of this whole stock-message-app-draining-the-battery "thing" i've jumped onboard the handcent bandwagon

    turns out, handcent stores its messages in the phones database/memory/whatever so that the text history is retained and accessible via that Messages button in the contact info page!


    now.. if only you could send OUT to GV's system through these 3rd party messaging apps (thus avoiding GVs app and its inability to save/store txt msg history in the contacts page), we would be set!

    well, today i learned that when a person sends you a txt through the GV service (ie - they send you a text to your GV number), it appears to you as a 406 area code (see here - read TuXian's post)

    and furthermore, you can save that number in the contact's info page and send to that person using that number

    its not "perfect" because its not "seamless" -- the end user has to THINK - and DO SOMETHING for this system to work

    which is okay for us "techies" and "enthusiasts" - but for the general public, that's not gonna cut it

    but it seems to work at this point

    either HTC needs to improve teh Sense UI to incorporate content generated in the GV widget/app, or google needs to store its data in the Hero's file structure.... but this is definitely "kludgy" and they will need to a better job if they expect to rival apple and the iphone in a meaningful and significant way (ok, where did that little rant come from!)

    anyway... progress!


  2. punkzanyj

    punkzanyj Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2008
    Keep in mind a few things:

    1) Google Voice is still in testing, I mean, you can't get an account without being invited. Obviously it could use some more features, but given it's closed nature at the moment, it's a little early to have such expectations.

    2) Android is still fairly new. It's been in the wild for a year, and made a lot of progress, but there's still more on the way.

    3) Separate Teams. The Google Voice Web team is not the same as the Google Voice App Team or the Google Voice Mobile Web team. It's that way with all google products. In some ways it's annoying because from version to version some features aren't available --- but on the other hand, if it weren't for separate teams, some of these projects wouldn't have different versions period.
  3. SDscorch

    SDscorch Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    what i'd like to do, ultimately, is get off of the GV widget/app all together

    do all my SMS through handcent
  4. Mrniceguy

    Mrniceguy Well-Known Member

    Agrees with this... this feels very hack in slash
  5. zeus111981

    zeus111981 Member

    Nov 4, 2009

    I'd also like to see MMS via google voice... but, I can certainly deal with not having that longer than I can deal with the piecemeal text message logs with contacts.... it's a huge annoyance for me... AND I want to move to GV entirely.

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