Google is taking on Skype in a head-to-head battle with the launch of a beta Google Voice VoIP app for the Blackberry and Android operating systems.
Handset owners can use the app to receive and dial VoIP and standard calls from their mobile device.
Numbers can be dialled direct from the handset’s phonebook because the app integrates with the phone, Google said.
Google also launched a mobile version of the Google Voice website, allowing non-Android and Blackberry phone users to access the service online.
Google said by embedding the service into an app, it aims to simplify mobile VoIP calls.
“Previously, to place a call using Google Voice, you had to dial your own Google Voice number from your cell phone or use the Quick Call button online,” the app’s developers explained in a blog post.
“With this new mobile app you can make calls and send SMS with your Google Voice number directly from your mobile phone.”
MocoNews said the launch of the app could lead to consumers signing up for a data-only package with their mobile operator, and using Google Voice as their voice provider.
Google didn’t comment on whether a Google Voice app will be released for other platforms such as the iPhone, PalmOS, and Windows Mobile.
Android users can download the app from the Android Market, while Blackberry users need to visit m.google.com/voice.