I got my Google Voice invite about a month ago. I think the service is intriguing so I was excited to see the email in my inbox. First you have to pick a number – this was a big deal to me since they don’t offer number portability, yet. I decided to select an 865 (Knoxville, TN) number even though my mobile is a 513 (Cincinnati, OH) number. After number selection I started playing around with the web app and what not but I pretty much just left it as it was.
Then I found out there was an iPhone app – not fully official but still available. Then Google released official BlackBerry and Android apps that can take over the native dialer and sms function with the promise of an iPhone in the pipeline. This was like a fresh roll of cotton candy to my eyes as I LOVE synergy. If I’m going to use Google Voice, I want it be be as native as possible. Then the whole FCC Google, AT&T, Apple fiacso got rolling and all possibility of that was shelved for a bit. Although I did download the non official Google Voice app via Cydia which the developer Sean Kovacs released amazingly for free.
Addtionaly, I did some checking and I got my Google Voice up and running on the desktop with a couple of tricks. First from this article I installed a Firefox extension, but honestly it didn’t do what I was hoping.
So I figured Fluid would be the way to go. For those uninitiated, Fluid is a program that creates site specific browsers, i.e. creates launchable applications out of browser based web apps. I currently use it for CoTweet, Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Reader. I’ve never encountered any odd systemic failures but it goes without saying that you try this at your own risk.
Prior to this step you’ll have needed to download and installed Fluid and then created an app for Google Voice. Use the URL “http://google.com/voice” and the PNG for the icon here. You’ll also need Growl running for notifications.
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Step 1: Browse for userscripts from within the Fluid app you created (mine is called G Voice)
This will open a new window you’ll search in.