Mobility

Must-have Android apps, according to Donovan Colbert

Google Voice

"Google Voice is just another way by which Google intends to enslave us all and hook us up in vats of jelly to power their artificial world after the apocalypse – and like Cypher... just give me the blue pill and get it over with.

"Google Voice is free and makes Verizon Visual Voice Mail look like a lame money-grabbing piece of garbage published by a greedy, souless, corporate telcom giant. There are too many killer features of Google Voice to list. You can pick your own number in any area code (mine is a 916 Sac area code so my friends back home can call me without dialing an area code or LD charges), you can forward the number to any number of other phone numbers, you can dial from the web, and it will call your primary phone and connect you to the number you've dialed online. But the most killer features in my book are the visual transcription of incoming calls.

"As you can see in the image, it doesn't always do that good, and a lot depends on how clear the caller is speaking and how good their connection is. Most often though, the transcription is good enough to do the trick. When it isn't, you simply hit the play button below and you can listen to the recorded message.

"Google Voice is open to the public – but Apple denied the app, and using the web-based iOS app is a drag. Did I mention that it's free? Just sign the contract in your blood and get started."

Image credit: Donovan Colbert

About

Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

11 comments
AMusnikow
AMusnikow

Is there a typo in "Donovan Colbert (aka dcobert)", which includes an "l" in "Colbert" but not in "dcobert"?

jinxygirl
jinxygirl

This was a pathetic article. Obviously, you are not an Android fan, go back to your iOS.

dadonaldd
dadonaldd

If you download MP3's that you haven't paid for, it's stealing. Wake up, kiddies.

dcolbert
dcolbert

But I am dcoLbert... And I pronounce the hard T at the end, like "col-Bert & Ernie"... unlike certain celebrities who insist on Frenchifying the surname. ;)

seanferd
seanferd

Whatever. I'm not interested in any stupid phones at all. Makes you pathetic, right?

seanferd
seanferd

Even if you were to download music that is not made freely available, it is copyright infringement, not stealing. So, how do you find that dcolbert has advocated copyright infringement here?

zclayton2
zclayton2

What are you some RIAA hack?

huggiemonster
huggiemonster

Except for when its from new artists, or artists who have allowed you to download samples or tracks where you choose the value. Simplifying it that far is just misleading.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

you're usually smart enough not to dig up year-old zombie. Just now getting caught up on your backlog?

santeewelding
santeewelding

Can you? You probably made her no-read list.

dcolbert
dcolbert

I stumble across something I've completely missed - usually while doing a Google Search for something else. This is how I discovered that I was being accused of being Loverock Davidson on ZD-Net. Better late than never, huh?