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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. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      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.
      sounds fun

      Whats your number?
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Sounds like a nice app to get back on the market.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I guess Arnold isn't the only one who'll be back


      Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi
    1. Trooper Sam's Avatar
      Trooper Sam -
      Apple is more likely going all glasnost because they've gotten a bit scared of landing smack-dab into an antitrust case. Numerous governments gave Microsoft the smackdown years ago, and much of what MS did wasn't nearly as in-your-face as what Apple has done with iOS.
    1. poiygon's Avatar
      poiygon -
      Using TextNow to handle SMS and Google's web app to make calls, I don't see any benefit of a third party dedicated app. The dialer in GV Mobile isn't as sophisticated as the web app and TextNow does a great job of handling SMS.

      Personally, I would much rather see Google develop a local app that can hook into the dialer and the voice commands. I know it's asking a lot, but oh happy day if they could.
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riviera View Post
      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.
      Same thing I do
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      i love gv mobile been using it since it first came out will be nice to see it back on the app store, hopefully he wont pull it from cydia like snapture did
    1. miatawnt2b's Avatar
      miatawnt2b -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      i love gv mobile been using it since it first came out will be nice to see it back on the app store, hopefully he wont pull it from cydia like snapture did
      That would be the ultimate solution. That way those of us who bought the Cydia ver don't get screwed. However, I'm sure Apple would have something to say about it.
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      SERIOUSLY, KOVACS. SERIOUSLY. MAKE AN iPAD VERSION.
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      Ya know I've requested idk how many invites from google since the service went live and I haven't gotten anything... WTF
    1. DoYouLikeLuxury?'s Avatar
      DoYouLikeLuxury? -
      Quote Originally Posted by mvhurlburt View Post
      Ya know I've requested idk how many invites from google since the service went live and I haven't gotten anything... WTF
      Google voice is free to everyone now, no need for invites anymore.
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      Not according to their website, I just tried...
    1. Trooper Sam's Avatar
      Trooper Sam -
      Odd, I just went to google.com/voice and signed up, it's working on my iPhone with the web app now.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by mj0528 View Post
      why don't you pay the hard working developers you pirate! move along!!!
      at least i'm man enough to admit that.you are too much of a little girl to admit that you have done the same thing many times in your life.
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trooper Sam View Post
      Odd, I just went to google.com/voice and signed up, it's working on my iPhone with the web app now.
      Just keep getting this:

      Code:
      Google Voice: Coming soon
      Google Voice is a service that enhances the existing capabilities of your phone numbers. With it, you can access your voicemail online, read automatic transcriptions of your voicemail, create personalized greetings based on who is calling, make cheap international calls, and more.
      Google Voice is currently invitation only. Please leave us your email address and we'll send you an invite as they become available.
      When can I sign up? 
      Once you receive a Google Voice invite, you're ready to get started. You can use an existing Google Account, or create a new one.
      What if I reserved a number on the GrandCentral site before? 
      We will be emailing you when Google Voice is open to the public to sign up for the service.
      How much does it cost? 
      The service is free.
      What do I do if I am already a GrandCentral user? 
      Instructions are at the top of your inbox on how to upgrade your GrandCentral account to Google Voice.
      If you're a user who has gotten started with Google Voice but you're being directed to this page, this means you've signed in with a different Google Account than the one you used when signing up for Google Voice. Please visit https://voice.google.com again and sign in with the Google Account you used when signing up for Google Voice.
      Was this information helpful?
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      Anyone feel like making an account for me? Lol

      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      at least i'm man enough to admit that.you are too much of a little girl to admit that you have done the same thing many times in your life.
      Kind of close-minded of you to assume that everyone steals... I mean seriously you don't even know anybody or most anybody on this board but yet just because your a douche and **** over devs then need to tell yourself everyone else does it to justify your own actions doesn't make you right. Grow up, I'm guessing your probably some cocky knowitall kid but did ya see the operative word? "guessing" stop assuming everyone is a theif like you, believe it or not you're in the minority and while you're "man enough to admit it" it doesn't make you not a douche.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by mvhurlburt View Post
      Ya know I've requested idk how many invites from google since the service went live and I haven't gotten anything... WTF
      Google Voice is only available within the United States and works for US residents only. Are you located within the United States?
    1. Pronup's Avatar
      Pronup -
      I can't wait until it's on the app store. I use it on my computer all the time!
    1. goliath6900's Avatar
      goliath6900 -
      i downloaded gv mobile(the free version) on cydia but its not working on my iphone 3gs, sw 3.1.2. do i need the gv mobile plus?
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      Google Voice is only available within the United States and works for US residents only. Are you located within the United States?
      Yes sir! ....maybe it doesn't like my AT&T IP address? I've been trying to sign up from my i4.... I'll try again...thx for the info!
    1. Trooper Sam's Avatar
      Trooper Sam -
      Quote Originally Posted by mvhurlburt View Post
      Yes sir! ....maybe it doesn't like my AT&T IP address? I've been trying to sign up from my i4.... I'll try again...thx for the info!
      Try doing it from your PC. I hadn't even thought to try from my iPhone.