Apple Doesn’t Want Google Voice On The iPhone, Probably AT&T’s Fault

A Google spokesperson has released an official statement saying that Apple has rejected the Google Voice native iPhone application from being published to the App Store. The application would have allowed iPhone users to use the Google Voice service on their iPhone, which would have essentially replaced the native dialing application and made using Google Voice a much smoother and easier experience.

A Google spokesperson told TechCrunch:

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.

Apple has also been removing the handful of Google Voice apps that managed to get in. Interestingly, Sean Kovacs, the developer of GV Mobile, an unofficial Google Voice client that was available for some time, says that his app was actually approved by none other than Phil Schiller, who personally called him to apologize for the delay in his app’s approval. Now, however, it is being removed from the App Store:

Richard Chipman from Apple just called – he told me they’re removing GV Mobile from the App Store due to it duplicating features that the iPhone comes with (Dialer, SMS, etc). He didn’t actually specify which features, although I assume the whole app in general. He wouldn’t send a confirmation email either – too scared I would post it. I’ll see what I can do to get it back up there gang…

The most obvious reason why Apple is suddenly trying to block Google Voice, one of the most innovative technologies the cell phone industry has ever seen, is disapproval from AT&T.

[via TechCrunch / TechCrunch]

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