Mac Client For Google Voice

Google has slowly but surely been updating its applications for iPhone X. However, a notable outlier would be Google’s email client, Inbox, which has yet to be updated to support iPhone X. Skype is the most popular VoIP service and it offers a VoIP softphone client for its more than half a billion users to install on their computer. You get to call your Skype buddies for free. You can make voice calls and video calls and conferences.

Back before Google Chrome started sucking, I used a Google Voice plugin that would let me send and receive text messages via the browser. It was one of the handiest things that I had, and I was sad to let it go when I switched over to Safari. But, a team from Boulder, Colorado has just made my day with a Mac app called GrowlVoice.

GrowlVoice brings Google Voice to your Mac desktop, placing an inconspicuous little icon at the top of your screen. When you get a text, miss a call or get a new voicemail, you’ll see a notification, and you can even choose to reply to the text or listen to the voicemail directly from the app. Of course you can initiate calls (via your GoogleVoice or preferred other line) and texts as well.

The app has been in development for a while, and version 2.0, the latest build, was just released a couple of weeks ago. It added light and dark themes, full support for starred, voicemail, text and history inboxes, clickable links in conversations and even support for multiple Google Voice accounts. Given the name, it’s obviously compatible with Growl, but it can use built-in notifications as well.

GrowlVoice will set you back $5, but there’s a 3-week trial version that you can snag from the GrowlVoice site. It’s a handy little app that’s well-designed and a downright bargain for the $5 price tag. But snag the demo if you don’t want to take my word for it, and then let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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We've featured one or two Google Voice clients before, but why install another client when you can use one you already have? Free service GVXMPP brings Google Voice support to your IM client of choice, adding SMS-sending power to your desktop.

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GVXMPP works by forwarding SMS messages to an XMPP account for you, allowing you to send and receive SMS messages from your favorite IM program, such as Pidgin, Adium, or even Beejive on your smartphone. All you need to do is set up a quick GVXMPP account and set your Google Voice to forward SMS messages to your email. Then, make sure those emails get forwarded to the XMPP account GVXMPP gives you and put that XMPP account into your favorite IM program. All SMS messages thereafter will be pushed to your IM program instantly. The sender of the IM will be an address containing the sender's phone number, and if they're in your Google contacts, their name will appear in the message itself.

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If any of the above seems confusing, be sure to check out GVXMPP's help page—they have very detailed, easy to follow instructions on how to get set up. And if you don't see XMPP as an option in your IM program, Jabber should work fine—it's the same protocol with a different name.

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