How Google Broke One of My Favorite Applications

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Ever since I got my Mac back in the fall, I’ve been using a terrific application called Growlvoice. It was a little app that lived up in the status bar, and connected to Google Voice. It popped up a little notification window whenever you received a text, and allowed you to pull up the inbox and reply with a simple ‘ctrl+t’. It was a great app, and I’ve loved being able to text from my computer whenever my phone is out of reach, or if the reception nearby is awful and sending and receiving texts is delayed. It’s probably one of the most used applications on my computer, right up there with Safari, and I really liked it. It was a perfect example of a well-designed app that did exactly what it was supposed to do, and didnt have any glaring issues.

and Google killed it.

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Yesterday, Google made some sort of back-end change to Google Voice which murdered my favorite program. Now whenever I start it up it gives me a “Unable to build JSON from JSON string” error and then retreats back to the status bar, doomed to remain silent and empty for the rest of time. The developer hasn’t updated the app since 2012, and you can’t even find it in the app store anymore. He’s already said that he wouldn’t be able to fix it, and that the app is really and truly dead.

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Thanks Google.

~M