Google announced today that another of their products is getting a Google+ integration. Google Voice, the company’s solution for voice calls via the Internet is getting the Circles functionality from Google+. They posted in their official blog that this feature will be rolled out today.
Google Voice is still not available in India but may do so soon. The good thing about Google Voice is that for a fee of $20 you can port your existing mobile number to the service. Imagine if this came to India! All the Telecom companies would be in for a huge challenge. This integration signifies Google’s long term strategy with Google+. In this sense, Google+ is much more of unifying social layer for all Google products under one umbrella.
On the topic of this particular integration, Googler Tom Ford says, “To help make it even easier for you to organize your contacts, today we’re adding Google+ Circles to Google Voice. Circles give you more control over how you manage your callers; for example, calls from your ‘Creepers’ circle can be sent straight to Voicemail, only your ‘College Buddies’ circle will hear you rap your voicemail greeting, or you can set your ‘Family’ circle to only ring your mobile phone.”
Other Google+ integration features include Youtube, Search plus your world, Reader and Blogger. There has been some backlash to ‘Search, plus your world’ from advocates of the free web because filtering of search in relation to Google+ contact will give unfair competitive advantage to Google products.
One thing is certain. Google+ will play a big role in the coming months as far as Google services are concerned. If you have been using Google products lately, you will have noticed that they are even going to change their privacy policies and unify them into one standard policy.
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