Google Voice app heading back to iPhone?
Apple gives tentative thumbs up to Google Voice app.
Google Voice, the controversial VoIP app which Apple blocked in 2009 for breaching App Store guidelines, could be making a return according to a developer behind a third party version of the add-on.
Sean Kovacs, who built GV Mobile, an app which uses Google Voice to make calls over the web, says he has spoken to Apple and that they will consider allowing his creation back onto the best-selling blower.
In a tweet, Kovacs said, “Good news: I did get confirmation back from Apple that it will most likely get back in once I resubmit.” This comes just a day after Apple relaxed its stance on third party software being used to create apps, although GV Mobile could breach current guidelines which stop apps from duplicating iPhone functionality. If it does allow it, however, it could pave the way for the official Google Voice app to return too.
Google told TechCrunch that, “We currently offer Google Voice mobile apps for Blackberry and Android, and we offer an HTML5 web app for the iPhone. We have nothing further to announce at this time.” With Android’s open source skills surging, it seems Apple is ready to backtrack and allow this killer app back into the fold.