Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Apple hasn't approved the Google Voice app so Google created it as a web page.

My understanding is that the web browser doesn't (currently) have access to the hardware (such as the Microphone).

So, how does Google access the Mic through the browser?

share|improve this question
up vote 5 down vote accepted

It doesn't access the phone hardware directly. Instead, you enter the number and Google's servers call the number entered and simultaneously calls your iPhone on it's number.

Merging those two calls happens in google's servers, putting both you and your recipient in communication through their hardware.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.