Google has officially announced an updated version of the Google Voice app for Android.  The new version includes, among others, support for Honeycomb tablets.

The update answers the request of a lot of Honeycomb tablet users for a tablet-optimized version of the Google Voice app. The current version of the Google Voice app is and is now available on the Android Market.

Honeycomb tablet users can now check voice mails, send messages, call cheaper international calls, and transcribe voice mails right on their Honeycomb tablet.

With the updated version, Google has also fixed previous bugs and issues, made minor improvements, and threw in native support for Honeycomb.

The Google Voice app allows Android users to

  • use a Google Number for multiple phone devices
  • transcribe voice mails
  • send free text messages
  • call international numbers at lower cost
  • customize greetings

Google Number allows a user to use one contact number for more than one mobile device. Callers can contact all the associated mobile devices simultaneously by just dialing the Google number. The Google Number can be configured to ring a specific phone based on who is calling or based on the time of day.

Aside from listening to your voice mails, the user can also use Google Voice to automatically transcribe voice messages into text. This feature is helpful when listening to voice mail is impossible such as when one is in the middle of meeting or in a noisy crowd.

The Google Voice app also allows sending and receiving free text messages in the U.S. and Canada. The app can also make cheaper international calls and can be configured with customized greetings for inbound calls.

These are just some of the interesting features of Google Voice that Honeycomb tablet users can now smoothly enjoy.

What do you think of the new tablet optimized version of Google Voice?

Alvin Ybañez
Android is arguably the most flexible mobile operating system. Period. I'm extremely passionate about helping Android users around world get the most out of their Android devices by writing how-to guides and tutorials.