CyanogenMod merges Voice Plus, integrates Google Voice with third-party SMS apps

by: Kyle WiggersJuly 23, 2013

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Google Voice SMS users, you’re dream of a singular text messaging solution has come true. The CyanogenMod team has, with the help of prolific Android developer Koushick Dutta (Koush), merged a workaround that allows any application to send SMS messages through Google Voice. The feature isn’t compatible with stock ROMs, but those able and willing to root their devices now have a simpler way to funnel all messages through Google’s venerable phone service.

This isn’t exactly new. Koush the contributed the framework that allows other apps to “talk” with Google Voice to CyanogenMod earlier this month; CyanogenMod builds after July 1st contained the requisite code. However, actually enabling Voice integration required manually pushing an app as a system application, a process which, though not extraordinarily difficult for some, wasn’t the most straightforward. Going forward, Koush’s app – Voice Plus – will be included in stock CyanogenMod, and only require installation of the Google Voice app and a one-time Google Voice account sign-in to work.

Once Voice Plus is configured, both first-party (Messaging) and third-party (Handcent, Go SMS Pro, Chomp SMS, etc.) messaging clients will forward all SMS messages to Google Voice. Koush and CyanogenMod’s implementation doesn’t overcome the limitations of Google Voice itself – MMS isn’t supported, for example – but certainly is, until Google begins to consolidate its various messaging services, a good solution to a longstanding problem.

  • So we need Google Voice Plus? And App that not available in Some Asian country included Indonesia :(

    • jayray78

      Google Voice isn’t available in your country anyways, so having Voice+ would do you no good.

  • chris

    Is this what they were teasing last week?

    • jayray78

      If you are referring to Nemesis. No.

  • Chris

    I’m not sure the stable release 10.1.1 (which was released 7/10) fires the android.intent.action.NEW_OUTGOING_SMS intent which the VoicePlus app relies on. I think that’s only in the nightlies (but I could be wrong on that)

    • Adding this new feature to 10.1 branch doesn’t make sense, let alone the stable release ! cm10.1 entered code freeze state a while ago. I’m thinking about the nightlies too.

    • jayray78

      Its only in the nightlies. Not in the stable releases.

  • KadenP

    Installed 10.2 last night after being away from CM for over a year. Now this silly Voice+ app is bugging me every few hours to activate it. I DON’T want it! I’ve been in the app manager and found I can’t disable it, and I can’t uninstall it. It won’t even let me turn off notifications. Seriously?! If I wanted apps I don’t want crammed down my throat I’d go back to factory ROM. Does anyone out there know how I can get the darn thing to stop bugging me?!