Apple Denies Rejection of Google Voice iPhone App

Source: http://www.googleandroidblog.com/news/apple-denies-rejection-of-google-voice-iphone-app

AT&T admits to deal with Apple over VoIP services

by Chloe Albanesius

Apple has not rejected the Google Voice iPhone app, but it does have serious concerns about its ability to usurp existing iPhone capabilities, Apple said in a Friday filing.

AT&T, meanwhile, denied any involvement in Apple’s decision regarding the Google Voice app, but it did admit that AT&T and Apple have an agreement whereby Apple will not take steps to enable an iPhone to make VoIP calls without AT&T’s consent.

“Contrary to published reports, Apple has not rejected the Google Voice application, and continues to study it,” Apple wrote in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). “The application has not been approved because, as submitted for review, it 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 interface for telephone calls, text messaging, and voicemail.”

Apple’s comments come after the FCC asked Apple, AT&T, and Google to answer specific questions regarding Google Voice. The agency’s probe was prompted by reports that popular third-party Google Voice apps for the iPhone were removed from the iPhone App Store, including GV Mobile and VoiceCentral.

In its filing, Apple confirmed that GV Mobile, VoiceCentral, and GV Dialer were removed because they fall into the same category as the pending Google Voice app.

Specifically, the Google Voice iPhone app would replace the iPhone’s “Phone” icon on the bottom of the home screen, which prevents voicemails from being stored on the iPhone and disables Apple’s Visual Voicemail, the company said. The SMS function of the Google Voice app does the same thing.

The app also transfers a user’s contacts database to Google servers, and Apple said it has “yet to obtain any assurances from Google that this data will only be used in appropriate ways.”

As a result, Apple is still “pondering” Google’s application.


[via PCMAG]



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