Google have recently launched an enhancement to their Google Voice mobile app for Android (and Blackberry) devices. The primary benefit afforded by the upgrade is faster calling. Google have decided to brand this feature “direct access numbers.”
To summarise this improvement, let us first consider the Google Voice the ‘old way’. You would speak into your device and make a request to call someone. This would get routed to Google’s very own Voice server via your data connection, a decision would be made and the call would ensue. With this update, Google have effectively cut out the data connectivity part.
With direct access numbers, we assign a unique phone number to every person you call. This means that we no longer need to use your data network to access the server each time you make a call, so calls will be placed much faster.
If you want to try this update, you can grab the latest version the Android Market now.