GVMateApp Release Notes


GVMATEAPP2 (for New Hangouts Calling) - LATEST DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.gvmate.com/gvmateapp2setup.exe

GVMATEAPP (for The Original Calling) - DEPRECATED RELEASE: http://www.gvmate.com/gvmateappsetup.exe

Release 2.12 Notes (3/16/17)
Changes made to default the Google Voice voicemail webpage user interfaces back to the original legacy version that is more feature rich rather than the new version recently pushed out by Google that was not so well received by many.

Release 2.11 Notes (1/22/16)
Automated sign in compatibility change to correspond to a minor change Google pushed out to users in Gmail.

Release 2.10 Notes (6/17/16)
Automated sign in compatibility change to correspond to a minor change Google pushed out to users in Gmail.

Release 2.09 Notes (10/4/15)
Compatibility changes to correspond changes Google pushed out to users in Gmail. Fix also included to remedy a caller name lookup bug introduced in the previous release.

Release 2.08 Notes (6/12/15)
Faster outgoing call routing. Incoming call contact name lookup and display.

Release 2.07 Notes (6/2/15)
Correction of a change that was introduced in Incremental Release 2.061 that affects outgoing calling.

Incremental Release 2.061 Notes (5/23/15)
Small compatibility change accidentally omitted from Release 2.06 affecting 7 digit dialing and call forwarding enable/disable. Call routing robustness for computers in the 1Ghz range.

Release 2.06 Notes (5/14/15)
Google recently completely redesigned and made significant major improvements to the way phone calls work in Google Hangouts bringing them in line with the phone call performance of their original phone calling platform that was based on the much simpler Google Chat platform. The latter changes also resulted in a lower minimum bare bones computer specification in the range of 1Ghz CPU + 1GB RAM for phone call only use when using the Google Hangouts platform. These welcome improvements are supported in this update. A minor fix for the operation of the CT2000 handset keypad asterisk and pound key is also included.

Release 2.05 Notes (2/18/15)
Minor maintenance updates.

Release 2.04 Notes (1/24/15)
Minor compatibility update to accommodate a really odd change that appears to defy common sense Google introduced over the last 24 hours that literally requires one to two extra steps to manually place phone calls from Gmail. Information update 1/27/15: Google removed this odd change from Gmail.

Release 2.03 Notes (1/21/15)
Matching compatibility updates to accommodate Hangouts implementation changes made to Gmail.

Release 2.02 Notes (7/30/14)
Matching compatibility updates to accommodate Hangouts implementation changes made to Gmail.

Release 2.01 Notes (6/3/14)
When a new audio device is added to a computer, Windows automatically redirects all the system audio to that new device until the user tells it not to do so. Added a courtesy audio device reminder for the latter case and a facility to open the audio control panel to help users set the default system audio devices to their computer speakers and microphone. Added support for the "=" sign in passwords that was not previously supported. The latter change may require a few users that manually enter license keys to have to re-enter them again when this release is installed.

Incremental Release 2.004 Notes (5/28/14)
Default Hangouts call bandwidth setting to "audio only" (35 kbps bandwidth up/down) for incoming/outgoing calls allowing users to manually change it to a video level bandwidth setting from the Hangouts popup browser window and turn on their webcam if they set up a video conference call. Added a requested feature to automatically recover and restart the GVMateApp after waking up from a user forced computer sleep, suspend or hibernate condition.

Incremental Release 2.003 Notes (5/21/14)

Replaced connection announcement on incoming calls with standard ringback tone and a connection beep. Fixed low default microphone/mouthpiece level setting issue identified that was specific to Windows 8.1.

Incremental Release 2.002 Notes (5/14/14)
Added phone callback style ringing feature for onhook calls initiated from browser. Added feature to focus on Gmail contacts facility when browser is opened. Enhanced incoming call alert window with larger easier to read font size. Fixed problem with *98 voice mail access code not working for some users.

Incremental Release 2.001 Notes (5/11/14)
Includes fix for outgoing ring tone being sent to the computer speakers on Windows Vista/7/8 machines instead of the phone handset as intended and a few other minor fixes.

Release 2.00 FOR NEW GOOGLE+ HANGOUTS CALLING Notes (5/8/14)
GVMateApp2 is an upgrade that makes use of the new Google+ Hangouts facility in Gmail for placing and receiving calls rather than the original calling facility.

The main differences worth familiarizing yourself with are as follows:

1. You can sign into the same Gmail account at any other location and from any other device at the same time and it will not interfere with incoming Google+ Hangout calls being received at any of the locations or devices. For example, you can use Google+ Hangouts simultaneously on your smartphone.

2. In addition to being able to place phone calls, you can also place and receive user to user Google+ Hangouts calls. To place user to user calls just dial the Speed Dial number (0 to 9999) you have previously programmed in the Features Dashboard with the other user's email address. You can also use Speed Dial numbers to set up Google+ Hangouts calls to an entire group of users at once.

3. Google+ Hangouts is based on an advanced WebRTC video conferencing design and it does need more horsepower than the original calling platform. As per Google's listed system requirements for the Google+ Hangouts platform listed here https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1216376?hl=en , the current minimum recommended system specification is a 2Ghz dual core CPU. If you don't have enough Internet bandwidth or computer horsepower, the call quality will start to sound a bit "mechanical" or "metallic" as expected.

4. Inside the Google+ Hangouts popup window in the top menu there is a bandwidth adjustment feature. If you plan to place basic phone calls as opposed to video calls it would be worth trying the lowest bandwidth setting for comparison with the automatic setting.

5. The Google+ Hangouts facility does not provide a call hold/resume capability. Despite this limitation, Call Waiting is still offered in GVMateApp2; however, the existing call is ended as soon as an incoming call waiting call is accepted by pressing the flash key on your phone.

6. The Automatic Redial and Per Call Screening features offered in the legacy GVMateApp could not be replicated using the Google+ Hangouts platform and are not available in GVMateApp2.

7. Voice mail playback access is provided directly by GVMateApp2 as phone network connections to Google's voice mail servers are currently not supported using Google+ Hangouts. It is not clear at this point when and if Google will provide phone network connections to their voice mail servers using Google+ Hangouts.

8. The Incoming Call Recording and Call Transfer features in Google Voice do not function as they have not yet been integrated with Google+ Hangouts. It is not clear at this point when and if Google will integrate these Google Voice features with Google+ Hangouts.

9. Outgoing calls should be placed using your phone and its keypad or by using the Contacts list available in Gmail by clicking on the GVMateApp2 traybar icon. For clarification, call back calls from the Google Voice webpage to "Google Chat/Talk" will not work when the Google+ Hangouts facility is enabled in Gmail.

10. The Google+ Hangouts platform by the nature of the advanced WebRTC video conferencing design it uses takes a few seconds to make a connection to the incoming caller after a call is answered. A connection tone is played when the connection has been completed. During that time the caller will continue to hear ringing. For the same reasons, outgoing calls also take a few additional seconds to route compared to the original calling platform. That is simply how answering incoming calls and outgoing calls work based on Google's current design.

11. The Google+ Hangouts calling service has its own special ringing tone rather than standard public phone network ringing tones. It is different and that is exactly how they designed it to sound.

Release 1.13 Notes (5/25/15) 
Compatibility update for changes to Google Voice that affected the 7 digit dialing, call forwarding enable/disable and new message waiting alert features.

Release 1.12 Notes (2/18/15)
Very minor maintenance updates.

Release 1.11 Notes (1/14/15)
Eliminate the warning message that appears at the top of the browser.

Release 1.10 Notes (7/30/14)
Matching compatibility updates to accommodate Hangouts implementation changes made to Gmail.

Incremental Release 1.09 Notes (5/28/14)
Added a requested feature to automatically recover and restart the GVMateApp after waking up from a user forced computer sleep, suspend or hibernate condition.

Incremental Release 1.081 Notes (5/21/14)

Fixed low default microphone/mouthpiece level setting issue identified that was specific to Windows 8.1.

Release 1.08 Notes (1/28/14)
Small change to correspond to minor change made to the Gmail website. Bug fix for the call forwarding assistance feature.

Incremental Release 1.071 Notes (11/20/13)

Small change to correspond to minor change made to the Gmail website.

Release 1.07 Notes (11/3/13)
Small change to correspond to minor change made to the Gmail website landing page.

Incremental Release 1.064 Notes (9/24/13)
Small change to accomodate GVMate100 hardware edition 6.01.

Incremental Release 1.063 Notes (9/8/13)
This past week Google pushed out further new Hangout facility changes that are still not yet on par with the original Google Voice calling features in a given user's Gmail account provided via Google Chat technology. This minor update identifies those accounts and tries to automatically restore the Gmail accounts settings to continue to make use of the original Google Chat technology.

Incremental Release 1.062 Notes (7/11/13)
This past week Google pushed out further new Hangout facility changes that are still not yet on par with the original Google Voice calling features in a given user's Gmail account provided via Google Chat technology. This minor update identifies those accounts and tries to automatically restore the Gmail accounts settings to continue to make use of the original Google Chat technology.

Incremental Release 1.061 Notes (5/26/13)
Fixed a small bug introduced in Release 1.06 that affected outgoing calls for a few users.

Release 1.06 Notes (5/24/13)
This past week Google started pushing out a new Hangout facility that inadvertently disables Google Voice calling in a given user's Gmail account. This update identifies those accounts and tries to automatically restore the Gmail account settings to those required to be able to place and receive phone calls.

Incremental Release 1.051 Notes (5/12/13)
Fix added to correct an incoming call error introduced in Release 1.05 that occured only on Windows 7 installations of the GVMate Phone Adapter.

Release 1.05 Notes (5/9/13)
The following enhancements and fixes were added:
- Features Dashboard and associated additional advanced features made available to all GVMate product users
- Flexibility to install and freely move any GVMate product back and forth between as many computers as you wish
- Allow the troubleshooting window to open so that logs can be viewed prior to sign in
- Allow 911 and 922 to be added to the Speed Dial table so that users that choose not to use the optional real E911 service can program in calls to their local Police/Fire department or similar
- Added a reverse number lookup attempt using a public online database for users that choose not to sign up for the optional real CNAM national LIDB database service
- Open the mini dialer and display the call history when the GVMateApp traybar icon is clicked allowing manual calls to easily be placed/returned and the network based call history to be viewed
- On initial product installation default the browser to close to the GVMateApp traybar icon after sign in.
- Fixed a scenario where on some computer setups the browser would not open do to externally caused file access protection restrictions or conflicts on the given computer. This appeared to have been related to Google Drive or Virtual Machine software also being used on the computer

Incremental Release 1.042 Notes (5/2/13)
Fixed a bug on Windows 7 installations where the GVMate Phone Adapter where the device was not recognized after being unplugged and plugged back in again after the GVMateApp program started.

Incremental Release 1.041 Notes (4/28/13)
Fixed a bug on Windows Vista/7/8 installations where the microphone volume level could not be lowered using the volume settings available in the traybar menu. Windows XP installations were working properly as intended. Likewise the speaker volume level settings were working correctly on all installations.

Release 1.04 Notes (3/18/13)
Updates to support new 2nd generation GVMate Phone Adapter dongle added. Muting of audio path in forward direction when PIN digits are dialed during a call reduced to 1 second. Small change to screen out any non-supported USB phone models that use the Holtek chipset as this same chipset is also used in other audio devices creating an unforeseen conflict.

Incremental Release 1.031 Notes (3/6/13)
Time extended to enter 1st dialed digit from 10 to 20 seconds. Dialtone changed from Carrier dialtone to standard North American landline dialtone. Dialtone will still automatically stop after 5 seconds as before to allow phone to also be used for talking on social media chat services.

Release 1.03 Notes (2/6/13)
Subtle bug fixed addressing a scenario where an incoming call arrives within 2-3 seconds of an initial outgoing call being answered. In this case, the call waiting call was automatically being connected in error.

Release 1.02 Notes (1/6/13)
Subtle bug located and fixed in the VoIP Stop Call Beeps feature that only allowed it to deliver 50% of the functionality in the feature design. With the VoIP Stop Call Beeps feature enabled, when speech is misinterpreted and reported during a call as a PIN digit (as if it were physically entered on the phone keypad), the PIN digit received was correctly ignored and not transmitted toward the caller BUT the audio path toward the other party was still being muted for about 5 seconds. The latter bug has been fixed.