Apple Pulls Google Voice Mobile From App Store, Bars Google From Releasing Similar App
Apple has pulled the GV Mobile and Voice Central App from the App Store but the Cupertino based company has yet to state why.
Apple has been known for pulling Apps with little to no explanation but it’s highly speculated that AT&T is behind the removal as utilizing Google Voice on the iPhone could cut down on the carrier’s bottom line. However, GV Mobile will see a free release on the popular third party repository, Cydia.
“Richard Chipman from Apple just called - he told me they’re removing GV Mobile from the App Store due to it duplicating features that the iPhone comes with (Dialer, SMS, etc). He didn’t actually specify which features, although I assume the whole app in general. He wouldn’t send a confirmation email either - too scared I would post it.”
Unfortunately, Google was denied by Apple itself from releasing a Google Voice compatible App for the iPhone. A spokesperson for Google confirmed Apple’s intentions of blocking Google Voice compatible Apps from the App Store but a possible Safari compatible version could arrive:
We work hard to bring Google applications to a number of mobile platforms, including the iPhone. Apple did not approve the Google Voice application we submitted six weeks ago to the Apple App Store. We will continue to work to bring our services to iPhone users—for example, by taking advantage of advances in mobile browsers.