Tuesday Buzz: Fresh Google Voice Updates

Google revamps its Voice app. Also: How to host a conference across different locations.

It’s been five years since Google made noteworthy changes to its Google Voice app, but this week the platform received a fresh coat of paint and more.

Google has updated the look of the Android, iOS, and web apps to “a cleaner, more intuitive design that keeps everything organized.”

People may find the new inbox easier to use. In a Google blog post, product manager Jan Jedrzejowicz announced that the “inbox now has separate tabs for text messages, calls and voicemails. Conversations stay in one continuous thread, so you can easily see all your messages from each of your contacts in one place.”

The updates have started and will continue over the next few weeks.

See more updates to the app over this way.

One Conference, Five Locations

Have you ever thought that geographic location hindered your meetings?

The Meeting Design Institute, a Belgium-based event planner, recently experimented with hosting a conference across five cities. Mitra Sorrells, a BizBash writer, spoke with MDI President Maarten Vanneste to find out what they learned.

One main takeaway is to avoid hosting a conference in a main city with integrated satellite locations, because “it’s a weaker experience for attendees to be in a satellite,” Vanneste says. ”We wanted to be as close as possible to a real meeting, and we wanted to show to meeting professionals how it feels to be almost in the same room.”

What type of tech do you need? MDI used two cameras in each location and push-to-talk microphones on every table to reduce cross-talk.

“Everybody had a microphone in arm’s reach and they could push the button and speak to everyone else. So there is a density of visual and sound connection.”

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Raegan Johnson

By Raegan Johnson

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