Apple rejects Google Voice app

After weeks of discussions and even an inquiry by the Federal Communications Commission, Apple has decided to block Google Voice, a mobile app presented into the Apple App Store.  Google Voice is a telephony application, and according to Apple it interferes too much with the phone options of the iPhone itself, such as calling, texting, voicemail, etc.  Of course, one wonders whether the developer being Google, a big competitor for Apple in many ways, has played a part in the decision process. 

Meanwhile, Google seems to be making the same mistake.  According to USA Today, Google rejected a Skype app for the Android platform, writing: “Consumers who use Android, the Google-developed operating system for wireless devices, can’t use Skype.”  Google however denied this rejection: “While the first generation of our Android software did not support full-featured VoIP applications due to technology limitations, we have worked through those limitations in subsequent versions of Android, and developers are now able to build and upload VoIP services.”

Either way, the giant web companies will have to figure out a way how to deal with competitors on their “open” platforms…

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