Seems that the powers that be over at Apple have pulled all Google Voice-enabled applications from the App Store, citing the fact that they “duplicate features that come with the iPhone”. [1. TechCrunch – http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/27/apple-is-growing-rotten-to-the-core-and-its-likely-atts-fault] This adds to a long list of grips I have with AT&T who is surely behind the block and in my opinion frighten of what Google Voice brings to the table. Although Google vows to “continue to work to bring our services to iPhone users” it may be sometime before it succeeds.
As an earlier adopter Google Voice (since GrandCentral days), I have really found apps like GV Mobile a complement to the service. GV Mobile is no longer available at the app store; I hope that when I sync my Iphone today GV Mobile will still be there. Sean Kovacs, creator of GV Mobile announced today “I’ll be releasing GV Mobile v1.2 on Cydia for free today or tomorrow, with an update coming in a couple weeks”. [2. Sean Kovacs – http://www.seankovacs.com/index.php/2009/07/wow] Of course, you have to be willing to jailbreak your iPhone in order to now use GV Mobile on your Iphone.
Even though, GV Mobile can now be found via Cydia on for jailbroken iPhone, I still wonder what the official Google Voice app from Google would have offered.
Other apps blocked from the App Store included; VoiceCentral.