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Google Voice tipped to end in the next few months

It seems as though just yesterday Google and smartphone users were lobbying for Apple to allow Google Voice into the App Store – what a difference a few years makes.
 
A report is now circulating that Google is preparing to kill off Google Voice and integrate similar capabilities into the G+ Hangouts app.
 
Google has been working hard to get more people to use Hangouts, so eliminating Google Voice would be no real surprise. The voice service will be integrated into both the iOS and Android apps allowing the users to make voice calls as they would with the web version of the software.

 
Users will still be able to keep their current Google Voice their own numbers, although we aren’t yet sure if all the intricate features and capabilities of the service will make the cut.
 
9to5Google reckons that Google could make an official announcement at this year’s Google I/O conference.

Source: 9to5Google





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RE: Why?
By TSS on 3/19/2014 1:46:19 PM , Rating: 2
I've got little to add, but as far as searches go since you mentioned it i use: https://startpage.com/

It's like a proxy for google. It still uses their search backbone which supplies relevant results even without the data tracking. Simply because just about every website worth their salt have got special code to get higher in the rankings on google.

But it doesn't give your search data to google. They don't even store your IP adress. And it's configurable, which'll give you a simple URL to work from, nothing is saved. I've switched to that from google about a year ago and haven't looked back since. Only works on websearch though - image/video search doesn't really seem to work.


RE: Why?
By mik123 on 3/19/2014 3:32:14 PM , Rating: 2
If you're worried about privacy, why don't you just use incognito/private browsing?


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