There’s some great development happening right now over at CyanogenMod and it is regarding Google Voice. If you’ve been using Google Voice as your primary number then you know that you are limited to using the app in sending and receiving SMS messages. Koushik Dutta announced in his Google+ post that it is now possible to use other messaging apps in doing this for those who have CyanogenMod running.
This is a feature available in CyanogenMod 10.1 and is not only limited to the stock SMS app but third party messaging apps as well (GoSMS, Handcent, etc.). This is great news for people who use GV and also have CM running on their devices. For those who don’t have CM but are using GV then it might just be the reason they need to shift to the latest CM build.
Here are Dutta’s instructions on how to get this working.
- 1. Google Voice must be installed with notifications enabled (for now).
- 2. Install a recent +CyanogenMod nightly. July 1st or later. You need the SMS middleware patches I put in for PushSMS. (see Gerrit)
- 3. Push this apk to /system/app: https://download.clockworkmod.com/test/babel-signed.apk adb install will not work. The app requires system/signature permissions.
- 4. Start Babel, choose your Google Voice account. Authorize it.
- 5. 6) Click the “Accessibility service” button, and it will direct you to settings. Enable “Babel”.
- 6. No, Babel is not the final name.
How it works:
- The app will sync your existing Google Voice messages into your messaging store. New Google SMS will be received as if it were a normal SMS.
- When you send a message out from your messaging app, it goes out via Google Voice.
Since this feature is still in its early stages then you will encounter a few bugs here and there but nothing major to make it unusable.