March 23, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Google has finally updated the Google Voice application to provide faster notifications. A new feature called Inbox synchronization notifies Android users seconds after they have received a new text message or voicemail. This is a major improvement over the previous notification system that could take as long as 15 minutes to go into effect.
The Google Voice Android application is available for download in the Android Market for U.S. users. The latest version also includes improved contact functions that make it easier to contact or respond to people. Clicking a user’s name will bring up options to call their speed dial, bring up their contact entry, send an SMS text message, email, or open Google Talk (provided the person has an account linked to their contact entry).
Download the new version of Google Voice and activate the faster notification by following Google’s instructions:
To activate Inbox synchronization, open the Google Voice settings on your phone and touch Refresh and notification. Once you have selected the Synchronize Inbox option, you will start receiving faster notifications. Plus, Google Voice will automatically disable SMS forwarding to your mobile phone, so you won’t receive duplicate notifications.