What a turnaround this past few weeks have been for Google Voice. It has taken Apple a lot of time to finally approve the official Google Voice app. Apple rejected the app initially for duplicating features that come with the iPhone already. Google and Apple went back and forth over Google Voice and other Google apps. The whole episode was not beneficial to either side nor to consumers.
Apple’s new app guidelines mean that apps such as Voice by Google have an easier time getting through and being approved to iTunes. The company could have potentially put more obstacles in the way of Google but no company likes to be dealt a government investigation.
Techcrunch.com reported this latest development:
we’ve gotten word that the official Google Voice application is on its way to the iPhone in the next few weeks. In fact, we’ve heard from a source close to Google that it’s already been approved — Google just needs to revamp the application to work with the iPhone 4 and iOS’s multitasking capabilities.
A couple of unofficial Google Voice applications have already been approved by Apple. As Techcrunch suggests, the official app by Google will most likely have a few extra features not offered by other players. We do not expect Apple to find other ways to kick these apps out of iTunes but don’t be surprised if that happened once again.
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