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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: How about some proofreading please?
By Uracas on 8/8/2009 8:06:25 PM , Rating: 2
Its free guys, come on... How many languages are you fluent in?


RE: How about some proofreading please?
By Muirgheasa on 8/10/2009 11:06:14 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think that's really relevant though, is it? I'm fluent in two languages, which is why I don't masquerade as a writer working in a third or fourth one. Minimum standards are not too much to ask, and the bar we're setting is in no way too high.

To be honest though, I've more or less learnt to ignore the mistakes. If Jason Mick had any desire to stop making them, he would have stopped by now; the fact that every single article he writes draws so much criticism for the mistakes made means he can hardly be unaware of them.

By Parhel on 8/10/2009 11:52:10 AM , Rating: 5
In his defense, writers aren't usually expected to proofread their own work. Most publications employ dedicated proofreaders, and if you were to ask one I doubt that Mick's work would stand out as any worse than what they receive every day. If I can understand the article, and it isn't overly sloppy, I'm not going get bent out of shape about it. At the very least, the site's management is at least as much to blame as the author. What I'm much more bothered by is the site's tendency toward sensationalism and even outright misinformation, which seems to have worsened in recent months.

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