The Truth: What’s Really Going On With Apple, Google, AT&T And The FCC
August 21, 2009 at 23:52 PM EDT
Apple has responded to the FCC's request for information around its rejection of various Google and third party iPhone applications for the iPhone. In short, Apple denies that they rejected the Google Voice application, but they go into great detail about how the Google Voice application hurts "the iPhone’s distinctive user experience." All of those statements are either untrue, or misleading, or both. The first part of Apple's argument, that they never rejected the application, is "a total lie," according to many sources with knowledge of the Google Voice application process. The second part of Apple's argument, that the Google Voice application hurts the iPhone's distinctive user experience, is seriously misleading. I know this because I've become intimately familiar with the Google Voice service and applications over the last few months. See here , here , here and here , for example. I haven't used the Google Voice app for the iPhone specifically, because it never launched. But I have been briefed by the Google team on two separate occasions on how the app would work over the last couple of months. Also, I've demo'd the Blackberry version of the app, and now use the Android version of the app.