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11-17-2010, 11:35 AM #1
Google Voice Finally on App Store
Almost a year and a half since they first submitted it to Apple, Google finally has their own Google Voice app for the iPhone on the App Store. But it's an extremely different environment now, with many alternatives for both jailed and jailbroken iPhones, and it's unclear that the name-brand app is a significant improvement.
Google first submitted the Google Voice app 16 months ago, but its application languished in limbo: not approved, but not rejected either. Other third-party apps that operated as front-ends to the Google Voice service were explicitly rejected, however, with Apple claiming that they duplicated native iPhone functionality. After complaints from Google and US lawmakers, the Federal Communications Commission sent a request for information about the Google Voice submission to not only Apple but AT&T as well, based on suspicions that AT&T had unfairly blocked the app for use on its network. AT&T blamed it on Apple, and Apple, for its part, said the app "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."
Apple updated the approval guidelines for apps on September 9 of this year removing any reference to "duplicate functionality" and opening the way for apps like GV Mobile, which made it to the App Store after being available on Cydia since July 2009. Google's app provides much of the same functionality, but can't run on an iPad or iPod touch, like the GV Mobile + app can. What's more, the Google app has some fit and finish issues: the Add Contact button on the dialer doesn't work, for example.
You can't beat the price (free), but in this case, you get what you pay for. Time will tell if Google puts significant development resources into the app.
Last edited by thetoothfairy; 11-17-2010 at 06:01 PM. Reason: added itunes link
11-17-2010, 11:42 AM #2
11-17-2010, 11:43 AM #3
Yay for official Google Voice app! This app will really shine once its been polished and got all the bugs worked out. I did notice the "Add Contact" function not working as well. We'll see how this catches on. I just wish I got the area code I wanted. I got an Arizona area code... chances of people by me (Chicago) picking up a call from Arizona area code is slim. Oh well.. IT WORKS.
11-17-2010, 11:52 AM #4
Canadian store still doesn't have it
11-17-2010, 11:53 AM #5
Um I'm sorry for my ignorant and noobish question but what exactly is this google voice how is it any good to use on an iPhone, someone please?
11-17-2010, 11:53 AM #6
finally and free
11-17-2010, 12:01 PM #7
is this one better than GVoice? what are the major differences?DiTO
11-17-2010, 12:03 PM #8
San if you don't have google voice at this point you don't need it....
I use it as my second line for my business. Google it and you see what is google voice
11-17-2010, 12:04 PM #9
11-17-2010, 12:20 PM #10
Meh google voice is only for USA not in Spain :-(
11-17-2010, 12:24 PM #11
the UI is really crappy. The messages and text is very small, you cannot count the number of characters and more so it goes on in a continuous line rather then popping the next word on the second line. Makes it difficult to make any corrections. I like Heywire for SMS's but GV makes the SMS's and notifications more consistent.--If I Helped, Please Hit Thanks!--
11-17-2010, 12:24 PM #12
Not having to use Notifio for Push of Texts like I have to do with GV Mobile + is a big bonus for me.
11-17-2010, 12:54 PM #13
this just in
Modmyi.com finally realizing that the google voice app is on the app store.
happend yesterday my friends
Official Google Voice for iPhone hits iTunes App Store | TiPbWhen the police want to know where someone is, they ask apple.
11-17-2010, 12:57 PM #14
11-17-2010, 01:16 PM #15
wow, you guys finally posted this...
11-17-2010, 01:17 PM #16
obviously its not voip. cmon guys. in any case, the actual app sucks. i have a ton of text messages in my google voice and it is soooo slow in loading. they need to majoring work on this for it to be usable.
11-17-2010, 01:23 PM #17
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11-17-2010, 01:28 PM #18
add contact button works fine you have to type a number in first then hit the add contact. Everything seems to be working with out issues and I love the push function.
11-17-2010, 02:14 PM #19
only works on iphone. no ipod support.
11-17-2010, 02:20 PM #20
sadly it is for u.s only.