Google's done it again.
The program uses voice-recognition technology that routes all calls to one easily accessible line. The speech-recognition capability can also transcribe voicemails into text messages, which can be read on Google's Gmail service or on any cell phone.
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Google's new service is free, unless users make long-distance calls on the program. It's the latest attempt by the Google giant to branch out from the Web into other forms of communication - a Google-brand phone was released with much fanfare earlier this year as a competitor to the iPhone.
The program will be available Thursday to users of Grand Central Communications, a company Google acquired in 2006. It will be available to the public in the coming weeks, Google rep Craig Walker said.