Google Voice users need not worry about exporting texts, voicemail and phone numbers when The Data Liberation Front has their back. A post on the official Google Voice blog recently declared that the telecommunications service is the latest product to get onto Google Takeout.
Announced back in June this year, the ‘Data Liberation platform that makes escaping from Google products as easy as possible’ supports +1’d sites, Buzz, Contacts and Circles, Picasa Web Albums, Profile and Google+ Stream. And now this facility has been extended to the Google Voice service too.
“At Google, we believe that our users should be able to export any data that they create in (or import into) one of our many products,” explains Anthony Jawad, Software Engineer, Google, while talking about this new development.
All of the information tied to the user’s Voice account covering call history, voicemail messages, greetings or call recordings has been made available for download via Takeout. Text messages can be exported as microformatted html, forwarding phone numbers as a vcard and voicemail messages and greetings as mp3 files.
As for the mysterious organization calling themselves The Data Liberation Front in the video unveiling the addition of Voice to Takeout, the members form an engineering team at Google. The aim of this faction is to make it simple for users to move data in and out of the company’s products ‘in one fell swoop’.
Google Voice for Takeout ought to come in handy for people wishing to back up and store important info. And those complaining about how the guys atop Mountain View seem to have their eyes on everything shouldn’t be sorry about this introduction.