Google testing Gmail VoIP feature?

By on August 25, 2010 at 7:55 AM.

Google testing Gmail VoIP feature?

CNET is reporting that “Google is testing a Web-based service within Gmail that will allow users to place phone calls from their in-boxes.” The new reported service will allow users to make VoIP calls to landline and cellular phones, not just other Gmail or Google Talk users. CNET explains, “This is the likely culmination of Google’s work to integrate Gizmo5′s similar product, which it acquired late last year, into its arsenal.” Details on exactly how the service will work were not revealed to the site, and it is not clear if a Google Voice account will be required. When asked to comment on the report, the search giant would only say: “Google is always testing new features and products, but we have nothing specific to announce right now.” What do you think? Would you find functionality like this useful? More →

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Unreleased desktop version of Google Voice demoed on video

By on July 2, 2010 at 8:15 AM.

Unreleased desktop version of Google Voice demoed on video

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Thanks to TechCrunch, the world can get a sneak peek at an unreleased version of Google Voice for the desktop. Running on OS X, the desktop client launches as “Gizmo5 by Google” and retains much of the branding of its original developer Gizmo5, a small development company that Google acquired in November 2009. Surprisingly, the leaked desktop client was fully functional. It appeared as a handset within the Google Voice web interface, grabbed all the pertinent data from the Google Voice service, and was able to send and receive calls. Testing of the application revealed not only the editor’s phone numbers, but decent call quality as well. Before you get your hopes up, it is unknown whether this desktop application is a newer version of Gizmo5 that Google is revitalizing or an older version that was presumed to have been canned. If you interest is piqued, hit the jump for the full, four-minute video preview. More →

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Google buys Global IP Solutions, adds to VoIP holdings

By on May 18, 2010 at 9:13 AM.

Google buys Global IP Solutions, adds to VoIP holdings

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Google, Inc. has purchased internet VoIP company Global IP Solutions for a cool $68.2 million; a 27.5% premium over the company’s current stock price. While Global IP may not be a household name, you might be familiar with what they provide and to whom they provide it: the back-end VoIP engine used by the Yahoo!, AIM, WebEx, Baidu, and Lotus chat systems. Google continues to bolster its portfolio of acquired companies that supplement its Google Voice and Google Talk services — you may recall Google purchasing internet chat/VoIP company Gizmo5 several months ago — but we have yet to see any drastic feature changes/additions in said services. The future looks bright for Google Voice and Talk…although we do wonder about the VoIP fate of Yahoo! et. al now that Google owns their voice over IP engine. More →

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Google Voice being tested by Google, on the desktop

By on April 8, 2010 at 12:08 PM.

Google Voice being tested by Google, on the desktop

google-voice-logo-tinyWay back in November of 2009, Google bought Internet-based calling software company Gizmo5. The implications of the acquisition were pretty clear, and speculation about the possible integration of Gizmo5′s platform into the already thriving Google Voice system soon began. Yesterday, after over four months of radio silence from Google, the gang over at TechCrunch wrote: “We’ve confirmed that they [Google] have now built a Google Voice desktop application to make and receive calls.” While Google already has a desktop calling application — Google Talk allows users to place calls from their desktop — the functionality only extends to other users of the Google Talk network. Presumably, the new Google Voice Desktop application will allow Google Voice users to make and receive calls from their GV number to mobile and landline phones and not just other Google Voice desktop users. No time-frame was given by TechCrunch’s source. What do you think? Is Google going after Skype’s market share, or is this service something new and different? More →

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