GV Connect is the most feature-rich Google Voice application available for your iPhone - interact with your existing \"Google Voice\" account much faster than using the Web interface:
• Place calls using your Google Voice number rather than your mobile number - enter number directly, select a contact from your device\'s contacts, or call back any number in your history. • Send and receive text messages (SMS) from your Google Voice number - including support for long SMS exceeding 160 characters. • Listen to voicemails and recorded conversations right on your device (allowing you to pause, rewind, or fast forward to any point within the message) - voicemails will also show the transcription of the message when available. • Mark messages as starred, attach notes to conversations, block/unblock senders, or delete conversations. • Easily search in your history by contact, message, or note. • Messages are stored on your device for offline access. • Composing notes and text messages can be done in landscape mode. • Quickly change various Google Voice account settings (call forwarding, do-not-disturb, message notifications, …) directly from within the application. • Automatic checking for new messages while the application is active. • Direct access to your device\'s contacts without needing to synchronize them with Google • Automatic fallback to offline dialing mode when no data network is available. • Quick access to favorite phone numbers (tap & hold the contact/star button in the dialer). • All communication is done with the Google Voice website directly, no need to hand over your account information to a third-party. • Full support for fast app switching in iOS4 and high-resolution graphics for retina displays.
Please note that GV Connect is NOT a SIP/VOIP application and will thus not allow making calls from an iPad or iPod Touch without a separate VOIP/SIP application. GV Connect currently does not support answering a call back to a \'Google Talk\' callback number directly on the device.
GV Connect stores your account password securely in your device\'s keychain for faster login when launching the application - communication is done via secure connections (SSL) to the Google Voice servers and no contact information (other than the contact\'s phone number which is required to place a call or send a message) is sent to Google. All operations are fully synchronized with your Google Voice account.
Please read the FAQ section on the application\'s website if you encounter any issues.
NOTE: An existing Google Voice account with a GV phone number is required to use this application - signup for new Google Voice accounts is currently limited to residents of the US.
What's new in GV Connect
Tighter integration with device contacts:
add live name-based contact search to the new SMS compose view (type a contact name instead of typing a phone number in addition to being able to select from the Address Book)
look up contact names for phone numbers in all message lists in order to show names rather than numbers whenever possible
show matching contact name(s) when manually dialing a number on the dial pad
allow adding new contacts to the device contacts in addition to Google Voice contacts
add a new icon in conversation footers for adding a new contact to make this feature more obvious
add support for long SMS (longer than 160 characters) - long messages will be automatically split into multiple SMS
bring up favorites using tap & hold on the contact button when composing a new SMS
use a \"reply\" button below the SMS conversation rather than the reply button in the navigation bar for easier access and more consistent layout
correct parsing of messages that contain \'&\' characters to avoid messages being cut off
New preference settings:
expose new GV setting to forward new voice mails to SMS (this fixes those SMS notifications previously being disabled when changing email notifications)
add a new preference setting \"Start call from contact\" to bypass the \"Call\" button on the dialer and automatically start the call after selecting a phone number from the device contacts or Favorites
Miscellaneous changes & fixes:
improve reliability of clearing the last called number from the dial pad
highlight the background for unread messages in message lists for better visibility for people with impaired color perception
fix crash when toggling editing mode in the favorites list with more than one screen\'s worth of favorites
show the message list rather than any previously open conversation when opening the application to a specific tab using the custom URL scheme
add a one-time alert when selecting the Contacts/Favorites button on the dialer to explain how to access the favorites
rewrite code to save/retrieve account password information from the Keychain to improve reliability
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