A G Suite Treat: Google Voice is GA
“Phones still connect us all,” said Smita Hashim, Director of Product Management, Google Voice during the recent Google Cloud Next 2019 and G Suite Unified Communication roadshows as GA of Google Voice in 11 countries was announced.
I tend to agree. Google Voice for G Suite was the last piece needed to complete Google’s UCaaS offering, rounding out the integrated communications package that businesses can use for all their collaboration needs. The move is a big win for businesses that rely on Google Cloud’s G Suite with Google Voice. Enterprise users can take advantage of Google Voice on their desktop, desk phones and mobile platforms as part of the G-Suite they’re already using in their workflows.
G Suite Dreams Are Made of This
Poly is thrilled to partner with Google, where telephony is a focus area of continuous innovation, to simplify communications complexity wherever and whenever customers need to collaborate. 85% of enterprise users still communicate with a desktop phone. * Because professional desk phones are designed for consistency, reliability, comfort and an easily managed connection, they are likely to remain a fixture in workplaces even as BYOD and smartphone use continues to rise.
Enter Polycom VVX 250, 350 and 450 OBi Edition phones, the first IP phones certified for Google Voice. VVX x50 Series OBi Edition desk phones are fully integrated with Google Voice so they just work and live up to the standards of a professional-sounding call no matter the distraction, complexity or distance customers may be up against.
By certifying VVX x50 Obi Edition phones, Google helps ensure activating phones on Voice is as easy as possible on administrators and IT staff. Google Voice for G Suite uses Polycom Device Management Services for Service Providers (PDMS-SP) API, making it simple to assign desk phones to Google Voice users.
Booth visitors at Google Cloud Next 2019 saw firsthand how easy it is to get Poly VVX x50 phones running with Google Voice in a few clicks.
For flex workers, our Voyager 5200 UC headset is certified for Google Voice and Hangouts Meet to power collaboration on mobile and desktop applications.
With the overwhelmingly positive feedback Google Cloud team has been getting from their 650+ Google Voice Beta customers such as Dow Jones, Nielsen, City of Edmonton, Portland State University, and ZPG, I am super excited about Poly’s partnership with Google and trust our certified solutions will help customers breakdown communication barriers and collaborate more effectively. Looking ahead, our alliance opens up even more ways—desk phones and headsets and who knows what’s next— to power human connections.
*Plantronics Persona Research. 2017 data from US, German, and French workplaces.