Google Voice for Android Adds Group Messaging and Other Features

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It’s the best application for Android, and it just got an upgrade. Which means it’s time to whip out your phone, mosey on over to the market and update to the latest version of Google Voice.

The latest version of the app adds a few nifty little features: Android users can now access their voicemail offline, there’s improved text message notifications, and last but not least, group messaging.

(MORE: Google Voice Open Outside U.S., Now Available in 38 Languages)

So if you’re wanting to text Mom and Aunt Sally at the same time about who’s bringing the turkey over for Thanksgiving, you can now do it on Android. Likewise, if you didn’t have time to figure out who forgot to bring the pumpkin pie, group messaging can be a godsend when you’re trying to crowdsource how to make a pie crust from scratch.

The update also includes text messages in the notifications taskbar if you haven’t got time to switch over to the Google Voice app in the midst of your Angry Birds game. All just another little piece of Android magic to be thankful for.

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Erica Ho is a reporter at TIME. Find her on Twitter at @ericamho and Google+. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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