Apple hasn’t rejected Google Voice iPhone app after all

August 21, 2009

Apple, Google and AT&T all filed their responsesFriday to the FCC’s requestfor more information in the Google Voice app saga. The story line thus far has been trying to determine the reasons behind Apple’s decision to reject the iPhone app.  Some blamed AT&T for the thumbs down, believing that the iPhone’s exclusive U.S. carrier feared the app would provide competition for voice services on the smartphone.

But Apple said AT&T played no role in the rejection. In fact, the iPhone maker said the Google Voice app hasn’t even been rejected.

“Contrary to published reports, Apple has not rejected the Google Voice application, and continues to study it,” Apple said in its response. “The application has not been approved because, as submitted for review, it appears to alter the iPhone’s distinctive user experience by replacing the iPhone’s core mobile telephone functionality and Apple user interface with its own user interface for telephone calls, text messaging and voicemail.”

Google, in its filing with the FCC, chose to keep confidential Apple’s explanation for rejecting — or rather, failing to approve — the app.

Apple also provided some interesting tidbits on the App Store, which is now stuffed with more than 65,000 applications just over a year after its launch. Apple said it has more than 40 full-time trained reviewers, and at least two different reviewers study each app. It said 95% of applications are approved within 14 days of being submitted.

It added: “We receive about 8,500 new applications and updates every week, and roughly 20% of them are not approved as originally submitted. In little more than a year, we have reviewed more than 200,000 applications and updates.”

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Apple’s explanations are not acceptable. It’s a farce.
Other apps, such as Skype or Truephone’s, “alter the iPhone’s distinctive user experience by replacing the iPhone’s core mobile telephone functionality and Apple user interface with its own user interface”.

I think that Apple’s explanation is reasonable. Google Voice aims to replace the ENTIRE user experience of the iPhone. Because the Google Voice would be used over WiFi networks AND cellular networks, you would literally never have to use Apple’s telephone system. With Skype and like apps, you can only make calls in the application while using WiFi, so when you are out of WiFi area, you still have to rely on Apple’s telephone system.

I still do wish that Apple would accept the Google Voice app, but until that day, I think that their explanation is reasonable.

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