Earlier today the iPhone/Google Voice world was buzzing with news that Apple suddenly removed the app GV Mobile from it's store, along with other apps that support Google Voice. Rumor also has it that they are blocking the official Google version of the app because it "duplicates features already on the iPhone". Umm... ok. Developer of the app Sean Kovacs (@seankovacs) posted this on his blog yesterday:
Richard Chipman from Apple just called - he told me they’re removing GV Mobile from the App Store due to it duplicating features that the iPhone comes with (Dialer, SMS, etc). He didn’t actually specify which features, although I assume the whole app in general. He wouldn’t send a confirmation email either - too scared I would post it. I’ll see what I can do to get it back up there gang…
Fast forward to today and he posted this:
Looks like Apple/AT&T pissed off a lot of people…lol
Anyway, I’ll be releasing GV Mobile v1.2 on Cydia for free today or tomorrow, with an update coming in a couple weeks. Why free? People pirate it anyway, so why not. I do appreciate everyone that bought it - you are the ones that fueled this app to be what it is today. That doesn’t mean you have to go get a refund (because that would hurt me, not Apple).
Let’s put some pressure on Google to release the API for Google Voice! Then I can start doing some really cool stuff…
UPDATE: Complain to Apple @ http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html
I don't know about you, but I am loving the "iPhone Underground" right now. By late afternoon, GV Mobile was indeed up and available on Cydia, and he even updated 2 versions of it within a few minutes time to fix bugs.
Now everyone wonders exactly what happened and why the app was yanked. I personally think the reason they gave is crap. I was tweeting earlier today that there are a ton of other SMS apps and dialers in the App store that supposedly "duplicate functionality" and they are still there. So what is the real deal?
Needless to say, I was one of many watching Sean's Twitter page today waiting for the word that the app was available on Cydia. I quickly grabbed it. It rocks. It really does.
He has posted more on his blog about his thoughts on why his app was rejected. You can read his blog at SeanKovacs.com.