The ability to delete conversations is long overdue.
There's no trashcan, so deleted conversations are gone forever.
Threaded conversations are supported too, and Google is working with mobile operators to bring rich messaging through RCS to its users in the future.
RCS, as you may recall, was recently rolled out to Android phones on Sprint and Rogers‘ networks, allowing customers to take advantage of this next-gen SMS technology.
Google Voice was waning a few weeks ago, then Google suddenly brought it back and gave it a fresh coat of paint. Google promised it would continue updating Google Voice, and indeed it is.
There's a new update rolling out today with more conversation management options, GIFs, and more.
Your conversations will now stay in one continuous thread, which makes it easier to keep up with the messages from your contacts in a single place.
Meanwhile, the new Google Voice feels more like a viable alternative to your default messaging client, as you can now participate in group conversations and send photo MMS messages.
In addition to the update, Google promised it would continue to update Voice with new features moving forward.For Gboard users, the built-in GIF search feature works in Google Voice now. It's the first meaningful update to the service in five years.Google revamped the entire layout of Voice, bringing it in line with the Material design Google has adopted on Android and across its web apps over the past few years.Three tabs separate messages, call history, and voicemail, making navigation easier than clicking or tapping on a series of links.
When Google Voice launched in 2009, the free service targeted business users who wanted a second phone number for work, without the burden and cost of carrying around a second phone.