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Google Voice Comes to the iPhone via the Browser

googlevoicewebapps.gifApple (s AAPL) and AT&T (s T) have done their very best to keep the Google (s GOOG) Voice service away from iPhone users. A big raging controversy, an FCC investigation and a lot of talk still didn’t bring Google’s much-hyped — and loved — service to the iPhone. But today all that changes — thanks to a brand new browser-based Google Voice app.

Using HTML 5 technologies, the browser-based version of Google Voice app works both on Palm (s palm) webOS and iPhone OS 3.0 devices. The browser-based app allows you to access the voice mails easily. It also allows you to display your Google Voice number on outgoing calls and you can send and receive text messages. More than just Google Voice, this browser-based service truly showcases the power of HTML, especially in the context of mobile applications where working across different platform is fast becoming a challenge for developers.

On the Google Mobile blog, Marcus Foster and David Singleton write:

Delivering Google services via mobile browsers has worked well for the Gmail team, so we decided to follow the same approach with Google Voice. Today, we’re excited to introduce the Google Voice web app for the iPhone and Palm WebOS devices. This HTML5 application provides you with a fast and versatile mobile experience for Google Voice because it uses the latest advancements in web technologies. For example, AppCache lets you interact with web apps without a network connection and local databases allow you to store data locally on the device, so you don’t lose data even when you close the browser.

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30 Responses to “Google Voice Comes to the iPhone via the Browser”

  1. Peccato che questa rovina l’esperienza per gli utenti di iPod touch, perché per effettuare chiamate in uscita, è necessario selezionare “tuo” numero di telefono. Il mio dispositivo non è un telefono cellulare, e il numero che voglio usare per le chiamate in uscita non è coerente (dipende da dove sto AT).

  2. Roger Weeks

    If you leave the Google Voice app open in Safari and close Safari it seems to still be active in the background. I haven’t tried sending an SMS to see what happens, but it’s definitely keeping Safari open as I used a jailbreak app to see that Safari was still open, and I observed the phone using 3G while it was supposed to be doing nothing. Potential battery issues, I would think.

  3. We tried this earlier, and it worked quite well for us. It won’t use the iPhones Contacts list, but that’s not always a huge deal if it’s been synced with your Google Contacts or if you simply know the phone number that you’re dialing.

    Also to note is that the Google Voice access number pool seems to be getting bigger, as they seem to be trying to get calls routed through pops that are geographically closest to where the call originates.

  4. Google Voice on my iPhone! Better n peanut butter in my chocolate!

    I love my iPhone and for my business use a Google Voice number for clients (all in US), admittedly because it’s far more memorable than my main line. I have used Google Voice much less that I could, however, because I’m doing more and more (and more) on my mobile than on my laptop. This could be the start of something great.


  5. FINALLY! I had to jailbreak my iPhone to get GVMobile on there and the recent GVMobile+ was nice upgrade, but I’ve been waiting to see what Google brings us in web app form. This looks quite nice. While I still wish for a more native app, it’s nice to see Google pushing the boundaries of web apps.