Google Acquires Mobile VoIP Company Gizmo5
Google recently announced that it has acquired Gizmo5, a small company that provides VoIP-based calling services to phones and computers. Google stated that Gizmo5's engineers will be folded into its Google Voice team. Google Voice is an internet-based call forwarding service that allows people to use one central number and have it ring the phone of their choice. Google did not say what features or technology it will cull from Gizmo5, but adding VoIP calling to its Google Voice product is a strong possibility. Existing Gizmo5 customers will be able to continue using their service, but no new users will be allowed to sign up right now. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Google Assistant Can Now Find Your Phone, Call from Your Mobile Number
Google today said its Home-based Google Assistant product can easily find your Android or iOS smartphone. Home owners need only say, "OK Google, find my phone." The Assistant will ring Android phones, or send a call to iPhones, even when the phone is in silent mode.
Google's Fiber Phone Bridges Home and Mobile Service
Google today announced the Fiber Phone, a home-phone service for its Google Fiber internet customers. The service includes unlimited nationwide calling, caller ID, voicemail, privacy controls, spam filtering, and do-not-disturb tools.
Google Assistant On Phones to Gain Voice-Based Shopping
Google today expanded the scale of its Google Express service with the addition of Target stores nationwide. Starting immediately, people who live in the 48 contiguous states can ask Google Assistant on the Google Home product to purchase items from Target.
Google Voice Gains New Lease On Life with Massive Overhaul
Google today introduced a wholly new version of Google Voice for Android, iOS, and the web. The calling, voicemail, and messaging platform has been overhauled from the ground up with a new design, new features, and a fresh commitment from Google to keep the service updated.