Google Voice app rejected for iPhone

July 28, 2009

Apple has rejected Google’s application to place its  nifty Google Voice phone call and voice mail app on the iPhone, the latest twist in the closely-watched relationship between the Silicon Valley giants.

In a statement, Google said it submitted its App Store application six weeks ago, but that Apple failed to approve it. Apple declined to comment.

In addition, GV Mobile — a third-party Google Voice iPhone app — has been removed from the App Store, accordingto developer Sean Kovacs. He said Apple informed him that his app duplicates iPhone features.

Google Voice was rolled out in March to the applause of many reviewers. Utilizing speech-recognition technology, Google Voice has a number of cool features, allowing users to store transcripts of voicemail messages in their email inbox and find a specific information within a phone message.

It can also be used to make low-priced international calls, and offers a single phone number that can route incoming calls to home, office and cell phones. Given that this might pose a threat to exclusive U.S. iPhone carrier AT&T, some say the telecom giant is behind the rejection. Others are laying the blame elsewhere.

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There is a similar app on cydia that allows the use of Google Voice…

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