The battle between Apple and Google regarding the approval of the Google Voice application for iPhone is getting murkier by the day. While Apple claims that the Google Voice app has not outrightly been rejected and it continues to be studied since the app seemingly replaces the iPhone’s distinctive native user interface with its own user interface, Google has claimed that the app has actually been rejected and not sidelined as is claimed by Apple.
We had previously reported about Google’s response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the episode. Google claims that their applications for the iPhone offers several significant advantages over the native iPhone app. For instance, the Google Voice app duplicates the core dialer functionality of the iPhone and Apple, Google claims, does not want a potential replacement for their native functionalities.
This conversation is supposed to have taken place between Alan Eustace, Google’s Senior Vice President of Engineering & Research, and Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing. Both companies had communicated their positions to the FCC last month. While Google had requested FCC to redact certain parts of the communication since they involved sensitive commercial conversations, Apple had released their communication in its entirety in August.
This was followed by numerous ‘Freedom to Information Act’ requests with FCC from several individuals and organizations who wanted access to the conversation between both the publicly listed companies in its entirety. Following Apple’s decision to go public with their conversations, today Google gave the go-ahead to FCC to release the unredacted version of its communication.
In its letter, Google not only claims that the Voice app was “rejected” because it competed with the core dialer functionality, but also that the Google Latitude app was rejected because it was a potential threat to the native maps application on the iPhone. The response from Google to all of FCC’s queries can be read it its entirety here.
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