Google just announced the formal release of Google Voice, a service that provides a U.S. telephone number bundled with a variety of telecommunication services. At its core Google Voice is designed to provide a single phone number to forward calls to a variety of telephone devices. It also contains outbound calling services, voicemail, conference calling, call screening, and transcription of voicemail messages, plus a few other features. Where this service will go exactly is unclear, but what is clear however is that telephone technology (analog or digital) is evolving and being reinvented and Google intends to be leading the way.
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