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  • Google Voice Returns: App Store Approval Begins

    Last week Paul had discussed the soon to be return, of GV Mobile to the App store, and today an App has managed to sneak in before Sean's could.

    Google Voice apps, once deemed to be unworthy of the AppStore due to Apple's claims that these apps were "duplicating features that the iPhone comes with (Dialer, SMS, etc)", leaving apps like GV Mobile to shift over to our beloved Jailbroken devices. However, with the recent changes to Apple's guidelines on getting Apps approved, it appears that Google Voice has come back to our iDevices.

    Andreas Amann, the developer of GV Connect, submitted his app last week following Apple's new guidelines documentation for the App Store approval process.

    Sean Kovac, the developer behind GV Mobile+, which we've seen in Cydia, has been submitted to the App Store as well and is awaiting approval. You can follow his blog here, and you can read about the chaos that ensued last year if you missed it.

    So if your a big fan, you can hang on just a little longer, or for the small amount of $2.99, go ahead and start making Google Voice calls and SMS Messages with your Google Voice number.

    iTunes Link - The app is now available in the App sore for $2.99.

    • Place calls using your Google Voice number rather than your mobile number - enter number directly, select a contact from your device's contacts, or call back any number in your history.
    • Send and receive text messages (SMS) from your Google Voice number.
    • Listen to voicemails and recorded conversations right on your device (allowing you to pause, rewind, or fast forward to any point within the message) - voicemails will also show the transcription of the message when available.
    • Mark messages as starred, attach notes to conversations, block/unblock senders, or delete conversations.
    • Easily search in your history by contact, message, or note.
    • Messages are stored on your device for offline access.
    • Composing notes and text messages can be done in landscape mode.
    • Quickly change various Google Voice account settings (call forwarding, do-not-disturb, message notifications, …) directly from within the application.
    • Automatic checking for new messages while the application is active.
    • Direct access to your device's contacts without needing to synchronize them with Google
    • All communication is done with the Google Voice website directly, no need to hand over your account information to a third-party.
    • Full support for fast app switching in iOS4 and high-resolution graphics for retina displays.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Voice Returns: App Store Approval Begins started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      its up under gv connect

      i will wait for sean i know what his app does and have used it for a while so will snag his version when it gets approved.
    1. xerray's Avatar
      xerray -
      Man I really want this!!! I bought an $15.00 iTunes card yesterday and used up all the money that was in it SHOOT
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      is the itunes link not working?

    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      You spelled store wrong
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by nickhesson View Post
      i always just open itunes and search for it the link usually takes me to itunes web page on apple.com and asks me if i want to download itunes
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      I'm just going to use the web interface. It's free. I don't mind the difference in milliseconds, speed wise.
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Now what I want to see is an app that uses the front facing camera on the iPod Touch 4G/iPhone 4 that allows you to have a standard video chat with someone from that service (Google Voice, etc.) and I would DEFINITELY like to see FaceTime compatibility with iChat on Mac OS X.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      very nice getting it now.
    1. ikkviper's Avatar
      ikkviper -
      Quote Originally Posted by blueblaze4444 View Post
      Now what I want to see is an app that uses the front facing camera on the iPod Touch 4G/iPhone 4 that allows you to have a standard video chat with someone from that service (Google Voice, etc.) and I would DEFINITELY like to see FaceTime compatibility with iChat on Mac OS X.
      Skype!!!! (well hopefully soon) lol
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      The app definitely needs improvements. Constant re-logins on launch? No contacts tab at the bottom, the only way to access contacts is by pushing the silhouette star icon? Disabled automatic refresh setting option? No push notification support? Only load 1-5 voicemails/SMS messages at a time? No landscape functionality support? No iPad version?! I shot Andreas an email about the stuff he needs to fix, so we'll just have to see. In the mean time, I'm saving my money.
    1. itzbilly's Avatar
      itzbilly -
      Using it.. interface is about the same. Definitely loads faster than GV Mobile for those who care.

      Edit: Actually.. running into the constant re-log in issue now after a few more minutes of use.

      Edit2: With backgrounder backgrounding, it will constantly flash Logging in...

      Edit3: Not making any calls after the first time launching app.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      If this is approved, I am sure we will see an official google version out soon enough for free. I'll wait for that instead.
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      I can't find it....
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Garbage. It's no more useful than the web app. You can't receive calls. That's a waste. The only way to make this more useful than the web app is to utilize the backgrounding VOIP processes like Skype. Without that this thing is a waste of money.
    1. harleydlx's Avatar
      harleydlx -
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      All of you that are thinking about buying it are wasting your money. Sean's app will be free for 12 hrs once it appears in the AppStore. You should just wait it out.
    1. DarkDragonAn's Avatar
      DarkDragonAn -
      i wish i can make calls from the 3G network not calling my phone and then the other person.
    1. topless1967stang's Avatar
      topless1967stang -
      And why does that look like Jajah.com ? I don't think Google bought out Jajah.com yet. You can already use Jajah without an app.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Now I'm kind of wondering how I can turn my iPod into a telephone over wifi. Facetime is for people that want to make a call, but also want to burn up their battery -- I'd rather just have voice to voice over speakerphone
    1. wallnutz's Avatar
      wallnutz -
      What if I already have GV from Cydia?
      Do I have to pay for the app now or can I still use the one from Cydia?