Friday, September 18, 2009

Google: Apple Said They Denied GV App

When I said last time that the Apple vs. Google Voice App will have more tech drama on the way, well it seems that I'm right. After Apple, AT&T, and Google gave the FCC their parts in the GV App drama,  a small snippet of the confidential document goes online via Google: According to Google, Apple SVP Phil Schiller himself called Google SVP of Engineering and Research and was told that the Google Voice App was rejected.

It now becomes a "He said, She said" as Apple reacted to Engadget's post with:
"We do not agree with all of the statements made by Google in their FCC letter. Apple has not rejected the Google Voice application and we continue to discuss it with Google."
So Apple denies denying Google Voice and Google now looks like an angel. A lot of questions arise from this situation: If the App wasn't denied (and they publicly admitted it with their letter to the FCC), then what's the holdup? Is it that hard to study an App? Don't they have a turnaround time for that? What made Google think it was denied in the first place? As usual tech blogs like Engadget put in their little logs into the fire:
If you'll remember, Apple claimed that while Google Voice hadn't been approved, it also hadn't been rejected, and that its status was in limbo while the folks in Cupertino "studied" the matter. Not so, says El Goog: according to its letter, Phil Schiller himself told Google that GV had been rejected on July 7 for duplication of functionality, following a similar conversation on April 10th during which Schiller rejected Google Latitude in part because it might "offer new features not present on the preloaded maps application."
Did it get rejected or still under consideration? If I was Apple, it would be best to just approve it to prove that it was just all under study and Google was wrong.


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