Rejection of Google iPhone App Sets Dumb Precedent

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2009 5:20 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Apple has rejected Google’s application to distribute its Voice application through the App Store, and that shows that Apple is dead-set against innovation, Adam Pash writes on Lifehacker. The official line is that Google Voice “duplicates features already on the iPhone—namely the Phone and Messages app,” but that’s malarkey. “The real problem,” Pash writes, “is that Google Voice, and all it offers, is actually much better than what AT&T offers.”

If people don’t like the in-house iPhone apps, Apple should make them better, Pash writes, and not “start pulling apps left and right from the App Store because of ‘duplication.’” And this isn’t just a problem for iPhone users: “Right now the non-iPhone manufacturers and carriers are much more willing to allow anything on their platform because, frankly, they're desperate to get some of the attention the iPhone already has. That doesn't mean that'll always be the case.”