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Google Developing iPhone Web App version of Google Voice

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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.
According to New York Times, Google is already developing an iPhone web
app version of Google Voice to bypass the approval process that is required for native iPhone apps.

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 a 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. 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 , 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 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.



NOW LETS SEE GOOGLE LAUNCH THIS ON CYDIA!!

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