Google Voice Returns To Apple’s App Store

by Ferman Aziz

Apple famously banned all Google Voice apps from its App Store fourteen months ago and even faced an inquiry from FCC regarding the move. The ban led to the creation of an HTML 5-specific web app for iPhone users who were upset over losing popular GV Mobile and VoiceCentral apps.

In a recent change of heart, Apple allowed third party developer tools to be used in apps submitted for approval and now continuing with their ‘generosity’, Apple has approved GV Connect, a $3 native Google Voice app for the iPhone.

GV Connect provides Google-voice powered support for calls, SMS and voicemail for iPhone users which Apple considered as “duplicating features that the iPhone comes with (Dialer, SMS, etc).” Apple was obviously warding off competition and wanted people to use their own services rather than someone else’s.

Now that Apple has realised its faux pass, the approval should not stop at GV Connect and users should get back favourites like GV Mobile and VoiceCentral as soon as possible.

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