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Google refuses to respect Apple's authority to police the app store and is releasing its rejected Google Voice app as a full-featured web version.  (Source: Comedy Central)
Getting rejected from the app store is no biggie for Google, apparently

Apple rejected Google Voice almost two weeks ago, removing it from the app store.  Now under investigation by the feds, AT&T has pointed the finger at Apple for the rejection.  Now in an exciting move Google is moving its rejected application online in an effort to essentially negate any attempts by Apple to police the application.

The new app can be installed as an icon on your homescreen.  The specially crafted iPhone-shaped webpage will offer all the features of the original app.  In other words, in a move akin to flipping the bird to Steve Jobs, Google has essentially highlighted a way for app developers everywhere to easily publish their rejected content.

There are some important caveats.  First, Google's app was intended to be free in the first place.  Apps like "MeSoHoly", which Apple rejected as offensive were intended to come at a minimal charge.  Donations could work, but Apple's simple revenue sharing would be missed by developers forsaking the app store.  Second, its not as trivial to build the app online, and there's still things that can't be done within the iPhone's version of Safari.

On the other hand the move could usher in a new era of freedom for iPhone users.  Freed from Apple's dictates of what apps are fit and proper, the phone's true potential could finally be achieved.  Rejected apps like eBook readers (rejected en masse over piracy concerns) could simply move online.  As the New York Times' Dave Pogue puts it, "What's Apple going to do now? Start blocking access to individual Web sites?"

Google Voice online will offer free SMS text messaging and reduced rate international calling.  The cheap calls are achieved via a scheme similar to Skype's.  Text messages are normally almost completely free to carriers use extra capacity for SMS which was previously unused.  Granted, they represent a minimal cost in terms of cell phone tower power and the loss of potential revenue from selling the part of the channel, but in the end they come at little cost to the telecoms, while the average cell phone users pays $10 or more on their phone bills a month for them (some plans include per-message billing, which can run as much as $0.20 per message).

Google's decision to defy Apple is an exciting development.  And one thing's for sure -- Apple's likely not happy and is likely trying to scheme how to stop them.

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RE: Easy to Block
By omnicronx on 8/7/2009 6:28:23 PM , Rating: -1
Its a closed system, Apple can do whatever they want. The only backlash that could possibly occur is customers switching platforms, and right now there is really no Apple App store equivalent as they still have over 10 times more apps than its closest competitor.

Its not like Apple censoring which apps they want on their private store is an invasion of the first.

RE: Easy to Block
By Alexstarfire on 8/8/2009 3:25:31 AM , Rating: 2
Let them go ahead and do it then. That'll likely kill any future iPhone purchases.

RE: Easy to Block
By Marlonsm on 8/8/2009 11:38:42 AM , Rating: 2
No, they won't, as long as it has that shiny apple in its back and the i in the name. People will still buy it.

But that would, for sure, reduce the sales.

RE: Easy to Block
By Flunk on 8/8/2009 12:41:12 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't buy it and neither will anyone else with half a brain.

RE: Easy to Block
By kmmatney on 8/8/2009 6:09:17 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I used to say that until my work gave me an iPhone. Now that I have one, I hgave to say it Kicks Ass. I probably wouldn't dish out my own money for one (I don't have my own cell phone), but as a product it's frickin awesome.

RE: Easy to Block
By SiliconAddict on 8/9/2009 9:49:00 PM , Rating: 2
Umm Apple your comment is talking about half a brain. All they see is the Apple logo and OOOOOO I need one. No matter the price.

RE: Easy to Block
By xti on 8/10/2009 10:34:07 AM , Rating: 2
its called having a good product? not everyone cares that it cant do such and such detail, they care that its sleek, replaces the ipod, trendy, etc.

half a brain, stop sales, you guys need to live in reality.

RE: Easy to Block
By omnicronx on 8/10/2009 11:28:08 AM , Rating: 2
That'll likely kill any future iPhone purchases.
That was kind of my point (That this could be the only outcome, not that it will). Although for some reason mention something that does not bash Apple and you get instantly rated. The OP is flat out wrong in saying that people could sue Apple for censoring their own store.

Personally I don't buy anything Apple because I don't like anyone telling me what I can and cannot do with my hardware/software, and thats about the only thing you can do.
That'll likely kill any future iPhone purchases.
You are seriously over underestimating Apples business strategy. They don't need everyone buying their products to be successful, every single Apple product sits on the border of being a niche product and as such a large portion of its user base that is flat out uninformed. I think you are kidding yourself if you think the masses care about (or even know about) certain apps being censored. Heck I bet I could go on the street right now and find 10 iPhone users and 9 of them probably won't know about any of Apples recent censored Applications.

While I definitely agree with your stance, I do not agree that censoring apps will significantly effect the iPhones/App Stores progress. If anything this added 'protection' (if you can call it that) will be hailed in certain circles for keeping our kids 'safe'.

If you are the kind of person that searches the internet for the latest and greatest (i.e that includes pretty much anyone here), you probably are not Apples main demographic, even if you do own an Apple product.

RE: Easy to Block
By foolsgambit11 on 8/10/2009 4:48:39 PM , Rating: 1
They definitely couldn't run the "The iPhone browses the whole internet" ads anymore then. Not that they do anymore, since other smartphones can now - and with Flash.

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