Last week Google announced the release of its Latitude web application for Apple's iPhone. During the release, Google revealed that it had previously developed a full version application for the iPhone, but had been rejected over Apple's concerns that the app would be "too similar" to Maps on the iPhone. Many were unhappy with this ruling because they wanted to use the service as a background app.
Now Apple has stirred the pot again, rejecting another Google app. This time Apple has shot down Google Voice, a service from Google that offers a free phone number, free SMS text messaging, free domestic calls, and cheaper international calls, as well as advanced call screening features. The app is currently available on Android and Blackberry phones, though the service is currently invite only.
A Google spokesperson states, "We work hard to bring Google applications to a number of mobile platforms, including the iPhone. Apple did not approve the Google Voice application we submitted six weeks ago to the Apple App Store. We will continue to work to bring our services to iPhone users - for example, by taking advantage of advances in mobile browsers."
Many are blaming AT&T for the rejection, saying the company pressured Apple to reject it. No official word has come yet on who made the final decision that sent the Google Voice app hurdling towards extinction.
IPhone customers, however, can still access many of Google Voice’s features by using the web interface.
quote: I hope this spurs
quote: consumers are stupid because they don't know how much a phone like the original iPhone was really worth
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quote: PC geeks to talking about PCs
quote: Multi-touch gestures, that's it
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quote: The Xperia has a screen
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quote: if you could name something the iPhone can do that NO other phone can do
quote: And what applications? Games?
quote: grown up
quote: They just happened to become successful
quote: It's saving grace was the massive amount of storage on it
quote: I hate Apple's way of doing business
quote: how would jailbreaking the phone help me with what I posted?
quote: I doubt Google would release and support the iPhone version now
quote: paying Apple helps people who hate Apple?
quote: we aren't brainwashed
quote: by extension it means never buying any Apple product
quote: Apple become everyone's who wants their goods and services parents
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quote: Didn't help iSmug with his iPhone desire
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quote: funding Apple helps to avoid their business practices?
quote: you avoid their products
quote: Funding Apple helps to satisfy iSmug's desire for iPhone 3GS :)))
quote: Why avoid your own desires?
quote: it doesn't help to avoid their business practices
quote: I'm wasting my time
quote: you can't tell me that you're defending their horrible decision to make a moral decide on which apps are allowed to be run on a phone that the consumer purchased
quote: I might desire money, but I'm not going to rob a bank to get it.
quote: We choose not to support companies we dislike
quote: many people who bitch about DRM buy EA products