SynerGV 2 lands, bringing Google Voice messaging integration to TouchPads
A few weeks back we mentioned how one of our essential webOS apps - Eric Blade's GVoice - was getting a rebrand and some new features for TouchPad users. Ladies and gentlemen, that time has arrived with the recent release of SynerGV 2 into the App Catalog. SynerGV 2 does something the original GVoice couldn't do: it integrates Google Voice messaging into the webOS Messaging app thanks to the magic of Synergy Connectors.
The app, currently $4.99 from the App Catalog, offers all of the text features of Google Voice (yeah, we know, text features of the voice service) directly integrated with the Messaging app, adding all of your Google Voice contacts as on-device contacts. That includes Google Voice text messages, placed/missed/received call notices, and even voicemail transcriptions.
What we like about SynerGV 2 is its consistency. Through multiple Pre3 phones and multiple TouchPad tablets we've never been able to get the Bluetooth pairing to work reliably, specifically the reconnection issue after they've been separated. But SynerGV 2 doesn't need that Bluetooth bridge, as your Google Voice text messages are delivered via the internet connection instead of through your phone. That has some advantages, most specifically that SynerGV gets all of your messages, sent and received, as it's pulling from Google Voice's centralized archive and not what's on your phone. If you're like us and use Google Voice to manage multiple phone lines and reply to texts from multiple devices, having that complete record is invaluable.
For all SynerGV 2 does, there's one thing it doesn't: place calls. For that you still need the Bluetooth hookup to your phone, just as with any other phone number link in any other app on the touchPad. It makes us a little sad. But to perk us up is the SynerGV app itself. Beyond the Messaging integration, SynerGV has an app of its own that enables listening to your voicemails (links from the Messaging transcriptions open the app), setting Do Not Disturb status to send all calls to voicemail, starring and archiving conversations, and more.
Of course, you'll need a Google Voice account to make use of SynerGV 2 (or the rebranded version 1 either). $4.99 might seem like a bit much for an app, but if you use your TouchPad and Google Voice as much as we do, it's well worth the price.