Google Google+Mobile+Blog%29″>announced today that the Google Voice app for Android now has greater integration with the newest version of the operation system, Ice Cream Sandwich. Specifically, voicemails will now show up in the dialer’s call log.
Yong-Hoon Choi, writing over at the Google Mobile Blog, reveals that voicemails will appear in the list of outgoing, incoming and missed calls. “I don’t want to jump between my call log and the Google Voice app to see who has called me and what message they left,” wrote Choi.
You will be able to play, pause, and skip back during voicemails the way you normally would in the Google Voice app. Also, the functionality to increase or decrease playback speed has been integrated.
To turn on this feature, make sure you have the latest version of Google Voice downloaded to your phone from Google Play. Then, in the Google Voice settings, hit the check box next to “Voicemail display.” Keep in mind that this feature is only available for Android 4.0 and greater, meaning anyone who doesn’t yet have Ice Cream Sandwich will have to keep that Google Voice app icon on their home screen a while longer.
While it only really saves a couple of seconds, I’m of the opinion that these small quality-of-life improvements are what add up to whether or not a smartphone “feels” good when you use it. Agree? Think it’s pointless? Still waiting for an Ice Cream Sandwich update for your phone? Leave some comments below and let me know.