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  • GV Mobile Headed Back to App Store


    It looks like a Google Voice app banned from the App Store may be coming back under the new relaxed guidelines. Sean Kovacs, developer of the GV Mobile app, emailed Apple after the rules for app approval were posted yesterday, since none of the updated provisions applied to his app. Seems like he got a positive response: he tweeted that the app "will most likely get back in," and if all goes well, it will be available within a week.

    GV Mobile, which has been on Cydia since the App Store banhammer dropped in 2009, ran afoul of Apple's unwritten rule against "duplicating features that the iPhone comes with," as Kovacs was told at the time. Kovacs went through the long list of over a hundred rules, and couldn't find anything that should disqualify GV Mobile. He emailed Apple to ask specifically, and got the go-ahead to resubmit. The new guidelines do not have any clear restriction against "duplicate functionality," though rule 8.3 ("Apps which appear confusingly similar to an existing Apple product or advertising theme will be rejected") could possibly be used as a reason to block the app. Kovacs also discovered that he couldn't resubmit under the same name, so it's possible that the app may be released as "GV Phone" or something, and people who purchased it before the ban will have to buy it again. Kovacs said he is working with Apple to correct the issue.

    Obviously, Apple can block an app for any reason it wants or no reason at all; they have certainly done so in the past. The apparent new liberal attitude - being up-front about the rules, relaxing restrictions against cross-platform compilers, etc. - could be signs of a new good-guy approach from Apple, or it could just be their pre-emptive strike against looming federal investigations. Either way, it's hard to imagine they'd have even bothered if it wasn't for the presence of an alternative marketplace like Cydia.

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: GV Mobile Headed Back to App Store started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 56 Comments
    1. Chris3k2's Avatar
      Chris3k2 -
      never used it and doubt i will but sounds like good news for the people who do. Great for the developer
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      I noticed the tweets last night... very excited! I'm a big fan of GV Mobile and it'd be great to have it in the App Store.

      He also mentioned that it would be free for the first few days so previous users could get their hands on it. Keep a look out!
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Sweet hope I dont have to buy it again though :/
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      this would be great
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      SaaaWEEEETT
    1. Riviera's Avatar
      Riviera -
      Nice! Finally. Can't wait to see them available. I use GV all the time and this is my secondary numbers which I give out to my banks, credit cards, some friends, even my employer.

      My actual phone number is only for my family and close friends.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Other than voicemail to text. Google voice is kind of useless. My friends use it to prank called me.
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      I use google voice as my business cell so I can forward my calls back to my biz or to my skype, sip account and the best feature is the do not disturb so I can completely separate myself from work and they can't reach me when I choose. Very nice tool for people like myself
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      big deal this app is all over the net,if you dont know where and how to get it for free than you should not jailbreak your phone. let's move on nothing to see here people.
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      big deal this app is all over the net,if you dont know where and how to get it for free than you should not jailbreak your phone. let's move on nothing to see here people.
      why don't you pay the hard working developers you pirate! move along!!!
    1. MaxRabbit's Avatar
      MaxRabbit -
      Awesome! I love Google Voice
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      "Either way, it's hard to imagine they'd have even bothered if it wasn't for the presence of an alternative marketplace like Cydia."

      never mind the fact that android is exploding all over the place and the pressure to compete...
    1. lolento's Avatar
      lolento -
      The webapp from google works just as good....I don't understand why this is news.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
      Sweet hope I dont have to buy it again though :/
      Read my previous post
    1. miatawnt2b's Avatar
      miatawnt2b -
      Just bought this last week on Cydia. Love the app. It would be nice to get on a mailing list so that paying users could be notified when it hits the AppStore.
      -J
    1. ReidStylez's Avatar
      ReidStylez -
      Is there a way to block certain #'s from calling your Google Voice #?
    1. taxbax's Avatar
      taxbax -
      He also tweeted that if its under a new name, day one will offer it for free hoping that all who already purchased it will get it on that day. I have it but I never used it much even though I have a GV account. It didn't always work perfectly and its difficult to get people to start calling you at a new number. It would be cool for better integration into the phone but you can only ask for so much.
    1. inyuke's Avatar
      inyuke -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      Other than voicemail to text. Google voice is kind of useless. My friends use it to prank called me.
      You're cool..
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolento View Post
      The webapp from google works just as good....I don't understand why this is news.
      the one from cydia actually gives you more control and much faster and smoother than the web app.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I think these new relaxed rules are Apple's response to increased competition by the likes of Android and Sony. They're starting to feel the pressure, I think. Which is great!

      It's also something they should have done a long, long time ago -- their restrictive nature is exactly why Android has become so popular in the first place. Everyone has clearly understood this for the past few years... everyone but Apple, apparently. As far as I can tell, their 'walled-garden' ways (and exclusivities) are the only reason they even have competition at all at this point.