Good news everyone! Google has launched a new version of Google Voice for iOS that adds support for the iPad and iPod touch. Now for the bad news: You can’t use it to turn your device into a phone, because it won’t make calls over WiFi or 3G.

The mobile app does let Google Voice users view your voicemail messages and  send and receive free text messages.

Google has also added a feature called Click2Call which lets you initiate a phone call from an iPad or iPod touch. Basically, it’s just like making a call using the iPhone app, except instead of dialing your phone, the app asks you which of the phone numbers linked to your account you want to use to make a call — and then Google Voice will ring your phone and connect you to the person you want to call.

Google Voice 1.1 also has a few other updates, including a Do Not Disturb option, some bug fixes, and a few other tweaks, inclduing the removal of an “annoying OK dialog every time you send an SMS.”

Google Voice 1.1 is available as a free download from the App Store.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...