Hold on to your hats because this one is going to blow your mind… with regard to the whole Google Voice debacle it turns out… wait for it… okay, ready?… it turns out APPLE LIED!!!
Shocked? Amazed? Dumbfounded? Yeah, neither are we.
But the hubris Apple has to bold face lie to the FCC is pretty amazing.
Not sure what we’re talking about? Let’s go back a bit…
1. Apple allowed two applications into the App Store that made using Google Voice much simpler that it would otherwise be if we relied only on the web app. The apps did not integrate with the iPhone to the degree they can on an Android device or even a Blackberry but they were a huge step forward with regard to integrating Google Voice with the iPhone.
2. Google announced they were releasing their own native app for the iPhone.
3. The Google app was rejected and the two previously accepted apps were pulled from the App Store.
4. People cried out loud enough that the FCC stepped in. The FCC asked Apple, Google and AT&T to explain their role in the rejection of the Google Voice app. They all did so.
5. The Apple response stated clearly that the app had not been rejected but was undergoing further studying. This didn’t ring true to many of us but since Google’s response had been redacted (at their request) it was unclear what their take was.
6. Now Google has released their response in its entirety. They did so because,
“In light of Apple’s decision to make its own letter fully public and in the interest of transparency, we decided to drop our request for confidentiality.”
And what do we learn from Google releasing the redacted portions?
They were clearly told the app was REJECTED.
As the letter stated, “Apple believed the application duplicated the core dialer functionality of the iPhone.”
So what do we learn here? Nothing that we didn’t all suspect. It does, however, allow us to go into the weekend singing to Apple…