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Official Google Voice App Approved by Apple

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TechCrunch reports that Apple has approved Google's official Google Voice application for the iPhone. The Google Voice app was originally submitted to Apple back in 2009 but was rejected for "duplicating features that come with the iPhone". The rejection became the subject of an FCC investigation regarding Apple's App approval process.

Apple has since published new review guidelines which streamline the approval process. The changes have allowed many developer's apps to finally see approval. Apple has already approved 3rd party Google Voice apps, but the official client from Google should be coming shortly. Despite already being approved, Google is holding back the release in order to revamp the app to support the latest SDK changes including iOS multitasking.

Google Voice is a free phone service that allows U.S. customers to manage incoming calls:
Users may select a single US phone number from various area codes. Incoming calls to the number may ring simultaneously any of the user's configured phones or the account's Google Talk feature. Based on the calling number, or contact group (e.g., Family, Friends, Work), or on time of day, e.g., disabling a home phone during business hours and routing calls to mobile or business number, individual numbers may be configured to ring. The service also features voicemail with indexable automated voicemail transcription, accessible via a web browser, e-mail, or by phone. Google Voice provides automatic blocking of known numbers, e.g., telemarketers, the ability to switch lines in mid-call, differentiated voice mail greetings based on caller, SMS forwarding, and call recording.


Article Link: Official Google Voice App Approved by Apple
 

alectheking

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according to the source it says in the next coming weeks? and then goes on to say its been approved but google needs to revamp it for iphone4 and IOS 4 but google already issued the "no comment" on the issue. is this fact or speculation?
 
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Small White Car

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Very cool.

I still have zero use for this service but iOS is a much better place when it has stuff like this available. Also, I'm glad to see the official Google-made version show up. Now we'll be able to know if the 3rd party apps are any good. Those that are as good (or better) than this will survive, those that aren't will be gone very soon!
 
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ChazUK

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Wow! Now this is a turnaround from Apple.

I'm loving the good news for the platform lately.
 
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macduke

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I hear about Google Voice all the time, yet I don't know anyone who actually uses it. Maybe because everyone I know uses iPhones? I guess we will see what this is like, but even a somewhat tech geek like myself has never really read up on it to understand what it really does or why I should want it. My wife and I have several thousand rollover minutes and barely use our 700 shared plan, so maybe that's why I never cared much. Doesn't it like call you back and somehow make magic phone calls happen for free? Haha.
 
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clientsiman

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Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.1-update1; en-gb; Dell Streak Build/ERE27) AppleWebKit/530.17 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/530.17)

Wow! Now this is a turnaround from Apple.

I'm loving the good news for the platform lately.

Yes I agree, It only took them few anti-competitive investigations from FFC and EU to change :D
 
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WickedRabbit

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I started using it recently on my BlackBerry. Primarily, I use it has a "home" number since I don't actually have a landline or second number and I hate giving places my cell phone number (like credit card companies, places you shop, etc.) since a lot of the times they share your info.

I like the BlackBerry integration with it the best, even over most versions of Android and I imagine the iPhone version will be the worst of the 3 in terms of integration due to Apple's OS policies.

What I mean by that is that for most for example to actually "use" the number (like, place a call from it) you have to actually open Google Voice (seems to be dependent on what Android OS you're running) and then type the number within the app. Or, say someone calls you and you want to return a call...copy the number, then open Google Voice, paste in number and then place call. This will show the caller ont he other end your Google Voice number instead of your cell phone number and I imagine this is how the iPhone version will be as well. I imagine incoming calls will probably work like Skype though so it just comes in as if it's a regular call, but shows you it's from Google Voice.

For BlackBerry, it's integrated with the actually phone call system. So you can just press the menu button when looking at a number and select to place the call with either your default number or Google Voice number and the same goes with text messages, etc.

It may not cut out a whole lot of steps, but it still cuts out steps and hey I'm all about being lazy and OS integration is definitely something I hope to see Apple open up more in the future cause all they really let apps do now is use your address book and maps
 
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newagemac

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Even though no one would really admit it (I'm looking at you Google, Apple, and Mac Rumors) I knew this was going to happen and which is why I never purchased any of the 3rd party apps like GV Mobile +.
 
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wjlafrance

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I'm sure a ton of people find GV Mobile useful, but since I use an iPhone with a GoPhone SIM, I want it to work as a VoIP client so I don't have to pay for minutes. Currently I can do that with Skype but not with Google Voice. GV has the free phone number and free calling, but Skype has the VoIP. Such is life.

TL;DR: Google. Add VoIP. Seriously. Please.
 
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spyda

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Even though no one would really admit it (I'm looking at you Google, Apple, and Mac Rumors) I knew this was going to happen and which is why I never purchased any of the 3rd party apps like GV Mobile +.

Haha, I was able to d/l it for free so no big deal. GV Mobile + developer has plans to make push an in-app purchase. Wondering how well that will work out now..
 
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spazzcat

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I hear about Google Voice all the time, yet I don't know anyone who actually uses it. Maybe because everyone I know uses iPhones? I guess we will see what this is like, but even a somewhat tech geek like myself has never really read up on it to understand what it really does or why I should want it. My wife and I have several thousand rollover minutes and barely use our 700 shared plan, so maybe that's why I never cared much. Doesn't it like call you back and somehow make magic phone calls happen for free? Haha.

I use it two ways. I give out my GV number only to a few people because it rings my work, home and cell phone number when someone call my GV number. I use it at work to call out of state on my work phone for personal calls.
 
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FrauHasSpoken

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I hear about Google Voice all the time, yet I don't know anyone who actually uses it. Maybe because everyone I know uses iPhones? I guess we will see what this is like, but even a somewhat tech geek like myself has never really read up on it to understand what it really does or why I should want it. My wife and I have several thousand rollover minutes and barely use our 700 shared plan, so maybe that's why I never cared much. Doesn't it like call you back and somehow make magic phone calls happen for free? Haha.


Please look it up and then comment.


"I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT DOES BUT I DON'T LIKE IT. LOL"

ssts
 
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powaking

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I use GV along with Gizmo/Sipgate to make VoIP calls via Sipsorcery.com The Bria apps works very well (although version 1.1.1 appears to have a memory issue). I also use GV to send SMS updates to Fuelly to track my gas usage (check it out). I love being able to screen my calls from recruiters inside my Gmail without ever having to pick up a phone.

There are lots of ways to use GVoice, just have to find a way to incorporate it into your day.
 
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KirkL

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I hear about Google Voice all the time, yet I don't know anyone who actually uses it. Maybe because everyone I know uses iPhones? I guess we will see what this is like, but even a somewhat tech geek like myself has never really read up on it to understand what it really does or why I should want it. My wife and I have several thousand rollover minutes and barely use our 700 shared plan, so maybe that's why I never cared much. Doesn't it like call you back and somehow make magic phone calls happen for free? Haha.

A couple of my friends use it but none of them go around bragging about it :D
 
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JohnDoe98

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I hear about Google Voice all the time, yet I don't know anyone who actually uses it. Maybe because everyone I know uses iPhones? I guess we will see what this is like, but even a somewhat tech geek like myself has never really read up on it to understand what it really does or why I should want it. My wife and I have several thousand rollover minutes and barely use our 700 shared plan, so maybe that's why I never cared much. Doesn't it like call you back and somehow make magic phone calls happen for free? Haha.

I use GV and a free VOIP client, along with my iphone 4 and its associated ipad sim card and data plan and basically get unlimited free calls and texts for 25$ a month. Quality is excellent.
 
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IBradMac

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After buying Sean kovac's version for $2.99 I hope the "official" app is free. :rolleyes:

I really want to use gv, I really do. I just want to see a good mobile application for it. The html5 version and kovac's release is weak.
 
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