When I was using Google Voice for my phone number (I had to port out of Google Voice since it was giving me all kinds of issues), one the of the best things about using Google Voice was the transcriptions from Voicemails. It was never spot on, well every once in a while it got lucky. But sometimes the transcription of the message was just too funny to pass up. Well Google is looking to fix that now. So I guess this means Google Voice isn't dead? Google is going to be needing your help for improving Google Voice Transcriptions, which is where they get most of their help from anyways.
If you use Google Voice's web interface at all, that's voice.google.com, you should see a new pop-up pretty soon asking you if you want to take part in improving voice transcriptions. Here's the full text of the message:
"Help us improve voicemail transcription!
So those using Google Voice can opt in or not. I'd opt in as this one of Google's weaker points with their services, and something they've needed to work on after all. One of the bigger things coming out of Google I/O last week was the fact there was nothing on Google Voice. We heard last year that it was being rolled into Hangouts, but so far nothing on the Android front, even though iOS has it. But at least this means Google Voice isn't dead, which is a good thing for a lot of people.