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  • Official Google Voice App Reportedly Approved


    Amid increasing signs of a break in the Apple-Google cold war, Google has apparently received approval from Apple for a Google Voice iPhone app, according to a report out this morning. TechCrunch's Jason Kincaid says he has "gotten word" that the app they submitted back in 2009 had been taken out of deep freeze and approved. Google is presently reworking the app for iOS 4 compatibility, and it is expected to be released within a few weeks.

    The news, if true, is the latest in a string of revelations following Apple's September 9 update to its App Store approval guidelines, which relaxed the existing ban on apps which offered "duplicate functionality" to the iPhone's native apps. Two third-party Google Voice apps were quickly resubmitted and approved, including Sean Kovacs's GV Mobile, which had been available on Cydia since the banhammer dropped in July of 2009.

    Following the report today, Google released a bland statement that neither confirmed nor denied anything:

    “We currently offer Google Voice mobile apps for Blackberry and Android, and we offer an HTML5 web app for the iPhone. We have nothing further to announce at this time.”
    It's not possible to confirm, obviously, but many observers expect richer function sets than the third-party-apps. For example, the Android Google Voice app comes with more real-time features such as SMS support, suggesting that push notifications for SMS and voicemail messages could be included in the official iPhone app. That is, unless Google decides to keep that an Android-only feature for competitive reasons.

    Source: TechCrunch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Official Google Voice App Reportedly Approved started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. CaptBojank's Avatar
      CaptBojank -
      Great! The web app is fine, unless you are on edge and then it takes a minute or two to load.
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      Now what would be nice if it was somehow linked to a bluetooth device so you can actually do hands free calling via a BT headset
    1. corkey20000's Avatar
      corkey20000 -
      I see a lot of pissed off GV Mobile buyers right now.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      I'll wait for this one. Now all I need is SBsettings and I don't need a JB!
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Hopefully this is true.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      i recently purchased GV Mobile+ and welcome the future release of an official google version, hopefully they wont strip it down so the Android version is better then the iPhone version. I will snag it as soon as it is released to compare against what Seans app does. but i am sure if we get a full non stripped down version it will be better then any 3rd party version
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Got GV Mobile+ for free on Saturday, can't wait for this. And the Android version will be better than the iPhone version on the simple basis that Android apps can do more with the phone.
    1. Trooper Sam's Avatar
      Trooper Sam -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Got GV Mobile+ for free on Saturday, can't wait for this. And the Android version will be better than the iPhone version on the simple basis that Android apps can do more with the phone.
      +1, also waited for it to be free on Saturday. Hoping for push from the Google version.
    1. Shlomo's Avatar
      Shlomo -
      Good! the Current thing sucks crap! It keeps turning off! The screen turns black! That voice thing pops up! It Freeses! I once had to restart the whole phone!
    1. crisco9071's Avatar
      crisco9071 -
      Very much looking forward to this. I love Google products on my iPhone. Google voice saves me a lot of minutes and money! Thanks!
    1. CONVBMW's Avatar
      CONVBMW -
      What a beautiful day it will be indeed when it gets released.
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      Its a good thing I waited...
    1. byrd20's Avatar
      byrd20 -
      Quote Originally Posted by crisco9071 View Post
      Very much looking forward to this. I love Google products on my iPhone. Google voice saves me a lot of minutes and money! Thanks!
      Is it free to get text messages & calls through Google Voice? I kind of thought you still were using minutes & messages from your celular plan if you are using your iPhone. I would really like to know & if so, I will cut my voice & text plan way back.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by byrd20 View Post
      Is it free to get text messages & calls through Google Voice? I kind of thought you still were using minutes & messages from your celular plan if you are using your iPhone. I would really like to know & if so, I will cut my voice & text plan way back.
      totally free doesnt use your minutes or your number of text messages
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      Sounds good. I will give the web app a try and see if I like it. I've been using skype for all my home phone needs and might switch.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      that's very good news for google,now they can stop fighting and take more money from us lol.
    1. iCeDmAn's Avatar
      iCeDmAn -
      How about an official gmail app more similar to the ios one! Now that would be welcomed!
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      totally free doesnt use your minutes or your number of text messages
      It uses your minutes for voice. It's free for sms. That's the case on the web app and will be on any native app. Even on Android.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Got GV Mobile+ for free on Saturday, can't wait for this. And the Android version will be better than the iPhone version on the simple basis that Android apps can do more with the phone.
      I was pissed because it kept giving me the whole "this item is currently being edited" or something like that.
    1. quicknight's Avatar
      quicknight -
      Quote Originally Posted by corkey20000 View Post
      I see a lot of pissed off GV Mobile buyers right now.
      I got impatient and spent the $3 for the app. I guess I paid for the convenience...oh well! 3 bucks won't bankrupt me, but it could'a got me some grub on the BK $1 menu! lol

      Kovacs owes me lunch! hahaha!