Following Apple’s announcement that ends its restrictive development policies for app developers, there’s word that Google Voice may return to the iPhone App Store.
Third-party apps for Google Voice were initially accepted into the App Store, but were later pulled by Apple, citing that the app duplicated the iPhone’s native phone app and may add to confusion. Google’s own official Google Voice app was also denied entry into the app store, prompting an investigation. The FCC had since investigated Google’s and Apple’s actions, but a resolution was never reached in the matter.
Now, however, with changes to the app store policy, Apple has notified third-party Google Voice app developer Sean Kovacs that he could re-submit his app and that it would likely be approved. It is unclear if Google will re-submit its own official Google Voice app into the app store or improve upon development of its app given the new iPhone support for multitasking and push notifications.
Could this be Apple’s ploy to avoid any anti-competitive investigation or is it a move to thwart developers and users from jumping to Android given the rising popularity of the Google Voice phone service, which will allow users to keep one number to forward calls to different phones? Whatever the motive here, iPhone users who use Google Voice will surely appreciate Apple’s new benevolent generosity.