I have long been a Google Voice fanboy, and with little perks like this my fanboyism is not likely to go away anytime soon. The latest Google Voice perk comes in the form of an update extension for the Chrome web browser, which now allows users to make calls directly from the extension icon.
Thanks to the updated extension, users can now make calls from the icon, and the calls are even easier to make since the phone numbers that appear in the browser are all links. In other words, no more remembering a number or having to cut and past into the Google Voice webpage. Basically, you just need to click to call, and then choose which phone to call with. The complete features are listed as:
- Adds a button to the toolbar, which displays the number of unread messages in your Google Voice inbox.
- Gives you quick access to your most recent messages with transcripts.
- Lets you initiate calls and send free text messages by just typing any number or contact name.
- Makes phone numbers on websites callable via Google Voice by just clicking on them.
Additionally, it was noted that a future update to the extension will also allow user to playback voicemail directly from the extension popup.