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.