Google: No plans for Google Voice for Windows Phone

There are official Google Voice mobile apps available for iOS, Blackberry and of course for Google's own Android OS. But what about Windows Phone? News.com reports that according to an official statement from Google, it states:

We're focusing our Google Voice efforts on Android & iOS and don't have a plan to extend this to the Windows Phone. This may change if we start to see greater demand from Windows Phone users for Google Voice.

So far, Google has only released one official app, Google Search, for Windows Phone users. It has yet to add any Windows Phone apps for its other popular services such as Google+ or Blogger. There are some unofficial Google Voice apps available to download from the Windows Phone Marketplace, but as the News.com article points out, there are big security concerns with using such third party apps.

On Friday, Google announced that it was shutting down a number of its projects. One of them was the mobile web app for another related Internet-based phone service, Google Talk. In the blog, Google states; "For mobile users who want to continue using Google Talk, we recommend using the native Google Talk app on Android or any XMPP-compliant apps on other mobile platforms."

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I have a Verizon WM7.5 phone and use Google voice. I also have an 8x8.com phone and have them all setup to ring at the same time. I would love a WM7 app. PLEASE!

"This may change if we start to see greater demand from Windows Phone users for Google Voice."

So how do we make this demand evident to them? Free Talk is unquestionably the most used app on my phone, so if Google released an official one that was more functional and aesthetically pleasing, IT would be the most used app on my WINDOWS Phone.

This is a good thing...

GVoice is not your friend, as the logs of calls and even voice to text of conversations are kept by Google, in addition to the known data mining, anything you do with GVoice is able to be queried by Google employees.

There are a lot of companies that already ban correspondence to Gmail that are adding GVoice and GTalk to a block or proxy to ensure information is not being handed to Google on their operations through employees and employee/customer correspondence.

(In case people still think this is hyperbole, Google has confirmed, and even defended that they leave data in human readable form that can easily be queried. Here is a link to one of the stories that got publicity. http://gawker.com/5637234 )

Having Google Apps on your phone is NOT a good thing, PERIOD.


I only use Google Voice when I don't want annoying people to know my real one. That way I could disappear without notice.

MrXXIV said,
I only use Google Voice when I don't want annoying people to know my real one. That way I could disappear without notice.

The beauty of GV is you can give it to everyone, and then just put the annoying people in a contact group that blocks them or sends them straight to voice mail; the only people that have my real number are the people on my family plan, since they call me for free.

MrXXIV said,
I only use Google Voice when I don't want annoying people to know my real one. That way I could disappear without notice.

Same! Lol or if I'm in a building with no cell reception, I'll use WiFi to send a text via Google Voice so that I can stay in communication with my friends.

Morden said,
no one uses it, don't care a bit

Heh, LOTS of people use it, it just works so well you would never know it. I have used it for 3 years, and never told anyone - I moved across the country and changed cell providers and cell phone numbers without ever having to let people know about it.

Jeremy Turnley said,

Heh, LOTS of people use it, it just works so well you would never know it. I have used it for 3 years, and never told anyone - I moved across the country and changed cell providers and cell phone numbers without ever having to let people know about it.

again: never felt the need for it...

Cyborg_X said,
I remember when Google used to make apps for Winmo. They were far less douchey then.

Where's the new Skydrive app for Android? It works two ways you know

thealexweb said,

Where's the new Skydrive app for Android? It works two ways you know

Microsoft actually makes other software for Android and Google makes none for Windows Phone. I would say the SkyDrive app is probably taking more time for Android because of security exploit concerns. I'm sure they'll want to have it locked down pretty good.

wixostrix said,

Microsoft actually makes other software for Android and Google makes none for Windows Phone. I would say the SkyDrive app is probably taking more time for Android because of security exploit concerns. I'm sure they'll want to have it locked down pretty good.

I saw Google launched a Search app for WP a few weeks ago, it may have got mixed reviews but they still launched it.

thealexweb said,

I saw Google launched a Search app for WP a few weeks ago, it may have got mixed reviews but they still launched it.

Mixed reviews my A$$ that search app is garbage....they should never have released it.

thealexweb said,

I saw Google launched a Search app for WP a few weeks ago, it may have got mixed reviews but they still launched it.

You mean the "app" that's a link to google.com?

yardmanflex said,

Mixed reviews my A$$ that search app is garbage....they should never have released it.

haha describes the app perfectly +1

There are some unofficial Google Voice apps available to download from the Windows Phone Marketplace, but as the News.com article points out, there are big security concerns with using such third party apps.

Pretty sure Microsoft would have blocked the app from the marketplace if it was harvesting passwords.

-Razorfold said,

Pretty sure Microsoft would have blocked the app from the marketplace if it was harvesting passwords.

No, plenty of things get through Microsoft's approval process.

andrewbares said,

No, plenty of things get through Microsoft's approval process.


So you're telling me if I was to build a chat program that also saved people's username and passwords in, say, a text file that was then emailed to me every hour, Microsoft wouldn't catch that?

Hey if you're willing to bet on it, I'll get started right away =P I already have a dev account so it won't be a problem.