When was the last time you checked your voicemail? 2003? The rise of email, text messaging, social media, and video chat has left the technology in the dust.
Google is, therefore, looking to modernize the feature with its upcoming Android M mobile operating system, which will reportedly come with visual voicemail.
Apple iPhone users have long had visual voicemail within the Phone app; tap Voicemail and see a list of all your messages and information about the caller. It’s not available on Android, though, where you just call in to get your messages.
Based on a ticket in the Android issue tracker, first reported by Android Police, that’s about to change with Android M.
The catch is that wireless carriers will need to implement visual voicemail for it to work, and thus far, T-Mobile in the U.S. and Orange in France are the only ones who have done so, The Verge said. Message transcription will also require carrier support.
Android Police posted a screenshot (pictured) from T-Mobile user Danny Hollis, which shows the caller’s name and photo, call duration, and various options like speakerphone, delete, call back, or send a text.
Google did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.
Google’s next-generation Android OS was announced in late May, with the promise of thousands of bug fixes and small tweaks, as well as customizable app permissions, Chrome Custom Tabs, more seamless linking, and the new Doze feature.
One thing Google still hasn’t revealed, however, is the cavity-inducing name of Android M, which is reportedly known as Macadamia Nut Cookie internally, but will likely get a shorter formal name (Marshmallow?)
Developers can check out an early version of Android M on the Nexus 5, 6, 9, and the Google player.