Google Voice has received an interesting little update today. The favorite messaging app of many has received bug fixes including notification delays and an issue with voicemails, but the really interesting part of the update is that now it does NOT require data to make a phone call. Text messaging still requires data (the update adds a feature to now remind you when you don’t have a data connection), but if you have previously connected with a phone number, you do not have to have a data connection the next time you call. This is a pretty cool addition, and I’m looking forward to seeing just exactly how it plays out. The full list of fixes and additions is as following:
* Does not require data connectivity for making calls to all numbers you previously called
* Warns you when no data connectivity before you compose/send text messages
* Fix for bug that required to click the voicemail play button twice
* Fix for notifications delays for SMS and voicemails
Hit the Market for the update, although, for some reason the desktop client isn’t showing one yet. It is still, however, available on your mobile device.
update: Android Police has reported this version also supports Honeycomb tablets as well. This update is a lot bigger than we initially thought. A new widget is on board as well, giving Google Voice a total of three widgets. The Honeycomb version has the same “action bar” layout at the top as other Google apps such as Gmail. It’s not official just yet, but if you sideload the .apk it’ll be up and running smoothly.