MetroTalk, third-party Google Voice app for Windows Phone, is dead

While we knew it was coming, the day has finally arrived: MetroTalk is dead. The unofficial third-party Google Voice application has finally been pulled from the Windows Phone Store and the app is no longer functioning.

In October, citing security concerns, Google changed its Terms of Service that revoked third-party access to its Google Voice service. While the changes weren’t immediate, Google did caution that service on third-party apps would cease on May 14, 2014. A week later, the MetroTalk blog announced that it would be discontinuing the application. The blog post stated that the app would be supported for another six months and that it would be removed from the WP Store on May 1, 2014.

As May 1st came and went, the app continued to function and remained on the WP Store. Could MetroTalk have slipped through the cracks? Sadly, no. As of May 26, 2014, the application has been pulled from the Store and is no longer functioning. While Windows Phone and other third-party Google Voice users are left stranded, it seems like the only solution - in lieu of an official Google Voice app - is to access the service via the website. 

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Still working for me too. False alarm?

We know the end is coming, but folks like me are still hoping that Idris Elba cancels the apocalypse.

Google being Google again. Nothing new here. Glad Microsoft as one of the 4 big Tech companies leads the way in cooperation.

Actually, that is the fault of AOL (which owns both services) - not Microsoft. AOL's justification is based on Microsoft owning MSN. Meanwhile, Skype (both prior to, and since, Microsoft acquired them) works just fine with Facebook Chat (which Yahoo wants to drop support for).

theyarecomingforyou said,
You're talking about the same company that refused to allow AIM and ICQ to work with MSN Messenger.

And that means that they can never change, right? LOL

Actually, Microsoft blocked third-party clients repeatedly over the years, including Trillian. That's not to say that AOL didn't do the same back. The point is that Microsoft isn't the pinnacle of industry cooperation.

Microsoft already doesn't allow 3rd parties access to use it's chat since MSN shut down, and even then third party clients weren't supported, they were simply tolerated. Skype is entirely proprietary, and to my knowledge the few 3rd-party clients are all due to stop working in the near future because they no longer provide an API (http://blogs.skype.com/2013/11...-for-the-skype-desktop-api/) for it.

How exactly is that "co-operation"?

This is true of almost all the major non-open IM protocols except (perhaps ironically) Facebook, who support XMPP.

That said, I'm not trying to speak out in favour of Google here, what they've done is still poor form, but it's not like anyone else is any better.

I thought they were going to drop Google Voice and just roll it's features into G+ or something? This should effect every GVoice user and apps on other platforms as well.

George P said,
I thought they were going to drop Google Voice and just roll it's features into G+ or something? This should effect every GVoice user and apps on other platforms as well.

The difference with users on other platforms is that they have an alternative for Google Voice (i.e. the official app). WP users don't.

tanybeen said,

The difference with users on other platforms is that they have an alternative for Google Voice (i.e. the official app). WP users don't.

I agree there but isn't the point that even the official Google app for Voice going to go away when they roll the service into G+? Aren't you then going to have to use whatever G+ app Google has?

tanybeen said,
The difference with users on other platforms is that they have an alternative for Google Voice (i.e. the official app). WP users don't.

Actually apps on other platforms that used Google Voice are done too. No third party access, they have to switch to a different service.

tanybeen said,

The difference with users on other platforms is that they have an alternative for Google Voice (i.e. the official app). WP users don't.
Is there an alternative for Google Voice altogether?

Pluto is a Planet said,
Is there an alternative for Google Voice altogether?

Are they keeping the phone numbers that Google Voice users have?

shinji257 said,

Are they keeping the phone numbers that Google Voice users have?

That doesn't matter to me. What I'd like is free texting/calling within my own country or the US, forwarding phone calls/texts to my actual phone so I can respond from there, and a dedicated number I can choose (a never before used one is fine).

theyarecomingforyou said,
Yup, it's a non-story.

For you maybe, for many other users who loved and relied Google Voice is a huge issue. I don't want some Google+ Hangouts crap to replace Google Voice which did one thing and did it well. I used it to have essentially a second phone number that always followed me, being able to send/receive SMS from my desktop and make international phone calls with my family at cheap rates. I am not sure I will be able to use SMS anymore but rather will be forced to chat with G+ users and non of my friends or family I used Google Voice with have or will ever use Google+. Also I'm not sure if I'll be able to have the same international rates (if at all) with Google+ Hangouts.

All around most of what I used Google Voice for will be gone. So if it is non-news to you, it is big, terrible news to me.

Eh it's not Windows Phone specific.. it probably screws over a lot more Android users than anything else, was a fair number of apps that used it. That said, this is why I tend to avoid relying on Google services, never know when they'll decide to change the TOS and pull the rug out from under you.