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‘Google Voice app rejected for duplicating core funtionality,’ revealed Google

“In light of Apple’s decision to make its own letter fully public and in the interest of transparency, Google dropped their request for confidentiality, and asked the FCC to post full content (pdf) of their letter,” noted Richard Whitt. The text directly contradicts information given by Apple and AT&T, regarding the apparent rejection of a Google Voice for iPhone mobile app from Apple’s iTunes App Store. Apple said: “Contrary to published reports, Apple has not rejected the Google Voice application, and continues to study it.” But within the letter, Google says “The Google Voice application was rejected because Apple believed the application duplicated the core dialer functionality of the iPhone.” To prove this, Google listed whom they had spoken (Apple SVP Phil Schiller, no less) and refered various meetings Schiller had with Google’s Alan Eustace, Vice President of Engineering and Research, over the rejection of Google Voice and Google Latitude, an application which was later converted into a Web app.

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