Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, September 10, 2009 Under: Google
Two new little Google Voice features just made their way into Gmail.
A new option lets text messages sent to Google Voice show up as e-mail
messages in Gmail. You can reply to messages from Gmail, too, which
makes it a nice platform for carrying on a text message conversation.
Google Voice text messages can now be read and replied to from within Gmail.
Also, there's a new Labs feature in Gmail that lets you play your
Google Voice voicemail messages from inside the Gmail viewer.
Previously, Gmail would send you the text transcript of your message,
but if you wanted to play the audio file, it would open a new browser
window to do so.
Google Voice player is now embedded in Gmail. This is a good thing,
since the Gmail voicemail transcription service is woefully inaccurate.
Small snags: Although the features are thematically linked, they're
enabled differently. The SMS feature is turned on within the Settings
tab of Google Voice; the Gmail voicemail player needs to be enabled
from withing the Labs tab of Gmail. Also, while receiving and replying
to Google Voice SMS messages in Gmail is now easy, I didn't see how one
could initiate a Google Voice SMS conversation from within Gmail even
with the SMS feature turned on.
I like where this is going. I'm still not a been a huge fan of
the Gmail user interface, but it's great to be able to see and manage
e-mails, voicemails, and SMS messages all in one place. It will be
interesting to see if Google Wave gets similar Universal Inbox features.