Apple rejected Google's official Google Voice application and other related third-party iPhone apps from the iPhone App Store last month as they were duplicating features that are already available on the iPhone such as Dialer, SMS etc. However, there seems to be more to it than the reason given by Apple which has also prompted the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate Apple's rejection of Google Voice Apps from the App Store and has sent letters to Apple, AT&T and Google to find out the reason.
It is widely speculated that Apple rejected Google's official Google Voice application and other related third-party iPhone apps from the iPhone App Store due to pressure from AT&T. The reason why AT&T might be worried about such iPhone apps is because it allows free text messages and cheap international calls and they could have a direct impact on AT&T's revenues.
According to New York Times:
“Google says it is readying a replacement for the Google Voice app that
will offer exactly the same features as the rejected app—except that it
will take the form of a specialized, iPhone-shaped Web page. For all
intents and purposes, it will behave exactly the same as the app would
have; you can even install it as an icon on your Home screen.”
If you remember, Google released Google Latitude for iPhone last month as an iPhone web app instead of a native iPhone app due to limitations imposed by Apple on third party iPhone apps.
However, the problem with an iPhone web app or for that matter even a native
iPhone app, which cannot run in the background is that it dilutes the
functionality of the feature by a great extent as it does not
continuously update the location. In case of an iPhone web app, it's even worse as it won't have the Push Notification feature which could have been useful for features like SMS.
But, Google creates the best web apps from the iPhone so we would love to see their iPhone web app version of Google Voice.
If you don't want to wait then you can checkout our post on how to use Google Voice on your iPhone.
As always, please let us know your thoughts in the comments on Google's decision to develop an iPhone web version of Google Voice.[via New York Times and Mashable]