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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 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.


"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov

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