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Google Voice Messages on Your Droid Bionic

Google Voice transcribes your voice mail messages, turning the audio from the voice mail into a text message you can read. The messages all show up eventually in your Gmail account, just as though someone sent you an e-mail rather than left you voice mail. It’s a good way to deal with your messages, but not the best way.

The best way to handle Google Voice is to use the Voice app, available from the Android Market. Use the QR code or visit the Android Market to search for and install the Google Voice app.

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After the Google Voice app is installed, you have to work through some setup, which isn’t difficult. Eventually, you see the app’s main interface, which looks and works similarly to an e-mail program. You can review your messages or touch a message to read or play it, as illustrated in this figure.

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When new Google Voice messages come in, you see the Google Voice notification icon appear, as shown. Pull down the notifications and choose the Voicemail from Whomever item to read or listen to the message.

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  • With Google Voice installed, you see two notices for every voice mail message: one from Google Voice and another for the Gmail message that comes in.

  • The Google Voice app works only after you activate Google Voice on your Droid Bionic, as described in the preceding section.

  • You can best listen to the message when using the Google Voice app. In Gmail, you see a transcript of the message, but you must touch the Play Message link to visit a web page and then listen to the message.

  • The text translation feature in Google Voice is at times astonishingly accurate and at other times not so good.

  • The text Transcript Not Available appears whenever Google Voice is unable to create a text message from your voice mail or the Google Voice service is temporarily unavailable.

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