App spat between Google, Apple resumes

18.09.2009

Google also noted that discussions between the companies lasted most of July, starting July 5 and ending July 28. "In a series of in-person meetings, phone calls, and e-mails ... Apple and Google representatives discussed the approval status of the Google Voice application that was submitted on June 2, 2009," Google told the FCC.

Apple barred Google Voice from the App Store because Apple claimed Google's program "duplicated the core dialer functionality of the iPhone," said Google. "The Apple representatives indicated that the company did not want applications that could potentially replace such functionally," the company continued.

Apple has often used that rationale when it has rejected submissions. In July, it pulled several Google Voice-related programs from the App Store, including Riverturn's VoiceCentral, for example, citing that reason. Kevin Duerr, Riverturn's CEO, about Apple's behavior, and said that a company representative had refused to explain why VoiceCentral was yanked, other than to repeatedly say it "duplicates features of the iPhone."

Previously, Apple had been more specific when asked to explain why it had not approved Google's software. "The Google Voice application replaces Apple's Visual Voicemail by routing calls through a separate Google Voice telephone number that stores any voicemail, preventing voicemail from being stored on the iPhone, i.e., disabling Apple's Visual Voicemail," Apple said in its August letter to the FCC.

It also named Google Voice's SMS feature as a problem, and said it was worried about how the application grabbed contacts from the iPhone.