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Apple kills Google Voice apps on the iPhone

molnarcs (675885) writes | more than 5 years ago

Communications 5

molnarcs writes "Apple pulls Google Voice-enabled applications from its App Store citing duplication of functionality. This includes both Google's official Google Voice and third party apps like Voice Central. Sean Kovacs, main developer of GV Mobile says that he had personal approval from Phillip Shiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing last April. TechCrunch's Jason Kincaid suspects AT&T behind the move."

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Oooohhh what a chock (1)

Hammer (14284) | more than 5 years ago | (#28849353)

Apple does not want competing functionality on Apple gadgets

Bulls*it (1)

grahamsaa (1287732) | more than 5 years ago | (#28854843)

I'm an AT&T customer and iPhone user and I generally like the phone and the network. Service is good and I'm happy with what I pay. But I'm sick and tired of Apple/AT&T trying to dictate what I can and can't do with my device.

Google should release a jailbroken Google Voice app. If that were to happen, my bet is it would put an end to app store censorship, and it would give Apple/AT&T the public embarrassment they deserve.

Re:Bulls*it (1)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 5 years ago | (#28855337)

My bet is that, owing to the significantly smaller userbase Google Voice has compared to that of the iPhone, it would give Google one hell of a black eye, labeling them as a company that acts in contempt of developer agreements, costing them any cooperation with Apple in the future (I'm certain there's other companies chomping at the bit to plug their map API into the iPhone), making AT&T look on Android-powered phones in a bit darker of a light when the time comes to subsidize them on their network, and making other software development companies less-than-cooperative with them.

As it stands, due to marketshare, Apple/AT&T can do this, the Google Voice users will complain, but nobody will care, as the other 90% of their userbase gets along fine without it.

Re:Bulls*it (1)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 5 years ago | (#28856279)

Google Voice is going to appeal to more than 10% of the iPhone userbase, I think. It has become essential to me already.

There is a tipping point, when losing a certain amount of your customer base builds up support for competing systems, weakening your own system more than the numbers would immediately tell you.

I do admire the iPhone as a designed industrial object, but my erstwhile days of iPhone envy came to a complete halt with Google Voice's integration with the Android G1.

Re:Bulls*it (1)

LanMan04 (790429) | more than 5 years ago | (#28856089)

I LOVE Apple (I used to work for them), but I'm getting a T-Mobile branded HTC Magic.

Sorry Apple, I want Android...and native Google Voice support!

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