Apple accepted third-party Google Voice applications GV Mobile and GV Connect into its iPhone App Store. Google's own Google Voice app should be coming soon to the store.
More than 14 months after shutting the door on the official and third-party
applications for Google Voice, Apple has relented, approving GV Mobile for the
Google Voice is a phone management application more than 1.4 million people
use to route calls to their phones using a special phone number.
The app, which enables free calls in the United
States and cheap international calls, lets
users enjoy automatic voice mail transcription, the ability to listen to live
messages as they come in to voice mail and several other tools to make call
Google submitted a version of its app for the iPhone to Apple's App Store
for approval in June 2009. Some enterprising developers, such as Sean Kovacs,
built apps such as GV Mobile that take the dialing and other capabilities from
Google Voice and make them work on Apple's iPhone.
Google's app was never approved
, though Apple said it never actually rejected the
The "he said, she said" touched off
such scrutiny among the media that the Federal
Communications Commission formally questioned
Google, Apple and AT&T. Apple, it turned
out, was indeed behind the rejection.
Third-party apps such as VoiceCentral and GV Mobile were originally approved
but then removed
for competing too closely with features on the
Now, Apple has done an about-face, accepting GV Mobile, Kovacs said
on his blog Sept. 18.
The app is available for download from the iTunes Webstore here
for $2.99. "After a long year and a half of being home sick, GV Mobile
makes an epic return to the App Store," Kovacs wrote.
Like Google's version of the app, GV Mobile supports automatic transcription
and voice mail playback and most other features. Apple also accepted GV Mobile
rival GV Connect, which does what GV Mobile does and also costs $2.99 for
The move comes weeks after Apple loosened the reins
on its App Store development rules and
procedures after enough developers complained about the gauntlet they had to
It's a safe bet that Google's own Voice app will be approved by Apple, if
not this year, then early 2011.