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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 NellyFromMA on 3/19/2014 4:21:00 PM , Rating: 5
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It's not some creepy conspiracy to "steal" your information, Maps NEEDS access to your contacts to provide you better service.


I hesitate to respond, but thought I would make an attempt to clarify.

If I had to guess, you are being down-rated for alluding that because I have an OPINION on something that strays from yours, that I am somehow a "tin-hat wearer". Try making your point WITHOUT being offensive to the person you are replying to.

Aside from that, no doubt, the functionality you describe is there. However, there is no granular functionality based permission. When I grant an app permissions to these things, its all or nothing. There is no way for me to say "You can use my contacts for this, not that" for example.

If Google allowed me the ability to decide for myself what functionality I can and can't enable access to such and such a permission (such as contacts) without denying me access to the other functionality that doesn't require the elevated permissions (similar in a very broad sense to how UAC elevated app permission when functionality in an app requires it) then I'd feel a whole lot more interested in testing out the functionality you describe myself as it sounds cool.

However, because Google's reputation is a data-aggregate machine first with disregard for my privacy and a penchant for dangling functionality-carrots in exchange for a foot into my personal life, I hence am not interested at giving them ANYTHING they DONT need for the functionality I care about most, which in this case is navigation. Others clearly feel otherwise.

My whole point is it takes more than bells and whistles for me to give up my privacy. That's my personal view.

I don't think there's a "creepy conspiracy" and its offensive to suggest that to begin with. I just have something against companies trying to monetize my behaviors and develop what are essentially psychological profiles about me based on my internet usage regardless of what they offer me in return for it.


RE: Why?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/19/2014 4:33:41 PM , Rating: 2
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Aside from that, no doubt, the functionality you describe is there. However, there is no granular functionality based permission. When I grant an app permissions to these things, its all or nothing. There is no way for me to say "You can use my contacts for this, not that" for example.


Nobody allows you to do this out of the box. Hell Apple doesn't even TELL you what the permissions of the apps you're installing are.

However you actually CAN do this with Android if you wish. I believe if you root your phone you can install App Opps and set your own granular permissions.

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that I am somehow a "tin-hat wearer". Try making your point WITHOUT being offensive to the person you are replying to.


I honestly did not mean to give that impression of you at all. However I apologize.

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My whole point is it takes more than bells and whistles for me to give up my privacy. That's my personal view.


I don't see this as a privacy issue. 90% of everyone's daily online activities go out in the clear. There has never been any true "privacy" generally with digital data.

I get that people have some misplaced notion that Google is doing something new and threatening, or somehow menacing, but that seems to be rooted mostly in ignorance.

The ENTIRE Internet functions on add revenue today. Otherwise we would have to actually pay to use the services and websites we frequent.

I wish you luck in finding a phone platform that utterly and completely respects your privacy, but to my knowledge that doesn't exist. It's simply the price we pay for the connected world we live in.


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