Google Voice application GV Mobile getting reinstated by Apple?

By on September 10, 2010 at 8:35 AM.

Google Voice application GV Mobile getting reinstated by Apple?

There hasn’t been this much controversy about a ban since Pete Rose was ousted from baseball. Okay, maybe that was embellished a bit, but this is still a highly-debated topic. Sean Kovacs, developer of the exiled, iOS, Google Voice application GV Mobile, tweeted the following late yesterday:

Good news: I did get confirmation back from Apple that it will most likely get back in once I resubmit.

The news comes just one day after Apple announce less stringent iOS development mandates and published an application-approval guideline document. iPhone users have been without a native Google Voice app since Apple dropped the ban hammer on all such applications back in July of last year. Anyone out there — other than BG — dying to see a native GV application back in the App Store? More →

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Nokia the first to get approval from China for its online mapping service

By on July 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM.

Nokia the first to get approval from China for its online mapping service

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Good news for Nokia, as the Finnish company is slated to be the first company to receive approval from China for its online mapping service. Nokia submitted an application for its Ovi Maps when a new Chinese law requiring regulatory approval for all online mapping services went into effect in June 2010. According to a representative from the the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, Nokia’s application is slated to get the rubber stamp of approval from China’s regulatory body and will be subject to public opinion before receiving final approval. Though twenty-six companies are currently seeking approval, Google and Microsoft have not submitted an application for their respective mapping services. With all the drama surrounding Nokia and its Symbian^3 OS, it is a refreshing change to see the Espoo-based company get some positive press. More →

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Apple to iPhone developers: Please make your apps less useful

By on August 27, 2009 at 4:01 PM.

Apple to iPhone developers: Please make your apps less useful

Apple strikes again. Normally, when an iPhone/iPod touch app gets updated it’s good news. Woo hoo — new features, new fun! iStat users who updated their app to the latest version that became available this afternoon however, were in for a little surprise… From iStat developer Bjango’s site:

Where did ‘Free Memory’ go?

iStat’s Free Memory function was removed at Apple’s request.

This decision was completely out of our hands. Please note that all other apps with Free Memory appear to have been removed or updated without their Free Memory function too.

This was not taken lightly—we examined our choices, taking a lot of public feedback on board. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and we do not plan to remove any other features from iStat.

If you choose (and you haven’t already updated), you can continue to run iStat version 1.0. You’ll miss out on new features, but you’ll get to keep the Free Memory feature.

We are very committed to ensuring iStat is the best iPhone and iPod Touch monitoring tool. Free Memory has been removed, but a lot of other useful features will be added in its place.

Garbage. The free memory function found within iStat and other similar applications allowed users to clear out wired and inactive memory, thus reducing drain on battery life and improving device performance without the need for a reboot. To be perfectly frank, it was the only reason we purchased and continued to use iStat. Forgetting about this specific function for a moment, it is completely unfair to both developers and users alike for Apple to approve functionality in an application and then force its removal in later versions. Moreover, it is absolutely unethical. In other industries, this practice is a form of ‘bait and switch’. In the App Store, it’s just another day at the office.

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Qik adds 3G support, still lacks Qik support

By on August 22, 2009 at 3:35 PM.

Qik adds 3G support, still lacks Qik support

In the ongoing drama that is the App Store approval process, Qik scored a half victory last night when its updated iPhone app gained approval. The new version supports video uploads via 3G whereas previous versions were only able to upload videos over Wi-Fi. We say half victory because the features paramount to Qik’s app/service combo — the ability to stream live video and see viewer comments pop up on your display — is still notably absent from Qik’s iPhone offering. In a word: garbage. As the FCC continues to crack down on Apple’s App Store shenanigans, we can only hope that the company eventually begins to allow apps like Qik and Sling Player to implement the core functionality that makes them great. That is, instead of crippling them to the point of near-uselessness where their intended functionality is concerned.

[Via The iPhone Blog]

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Apple rejects official Google Voice app, clears App Store of third-party offerings

By on July 28, 2009 at 10:48 AM.

Apple rejects official Google Voice app, clears App Store of third-party offerings

Ohhhh, Apple. In this latest chapter of the schizophrenic soap opera that is Apple’s relationship with iPhone developers, Apple has rejected Google’s Google Voice application. Here’s why, according to a Google spokesperson:

We work hard to bring Google applications to a number of mobile platforms, including the iPhone. Apple did not approve the Google Voice application we submitted six weeks ago to the Apple App Store. We will continue to work to bring our services to iPhone users — for example, by taking advantage of advances in mobile browsers.

Long story short, Google will be forced to whip up some bootleg web app as it did with Latitude because Apple is, at times, ridiculous when it comes to App Store policies. But the story doesn’t end there. Apparently Google’s rejection prompted Apple to sift through the Store and remove third party Google Voice apps with little or no warning. The reasoning? They duplicate features already found on the iPhone such as the dialer and SMS. Apparently these apps didn’t duplicate the aforementioned features when they were first approved months ago… But they do now.

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White space spectrum and Sprint-Clearwire get the nod from the FCC

By on November 5, 2008 at 6:48 AM.

White space spectrum and Sprint-Clearwire get the nod from the FCC

In two big election day victories, the FCC approved both the usage of the white space spectrum for mobile broadband access and the Sprint Clearwire joint venture to expand WiMAX coverage. w00t, w00t! The decision for the white space spectrum was unanimous with one partial dissent from Commissioner Deborah Tate. This is a big blow to the National Association of Broadcasters et al. who have been vehemently fighting the use of this spectrum and a big win for the likes of Google, Microsoft, and Dell who have rallied behind FCC Chairman Kevin Martin in his support of the usage of this spectrum. ln the Sprint-Clearwire vote, the FCC also unanimously gave the go ahead to the merger of Sprint’s XOHM division with Clearwire in a move that will jumpstart WiMAX deployment. So there you have it folks, two flavors of wireless broadband access got a giant boost from the FCC on Tuesday.

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FCC approves Verizon-Alltel merger

By on November 4, 2008 at 7:07 PM.

FCC approves Verizon-Alltel merger

In a 5-0 vote, the FCC approved the $28 billion purchase of Alltel by Verizon Wireless. The approval requires Verizon Wireless to end operations in five other small markets neighboring those already required by the Justice Department. It also requires Verizon to honor Alltel’s existing roaming agreements with small wireless carriers for four years. With DOJ and now FCC approval in the bag, Verizon can complete the acquisition of Alltel to become the largest wireless carrier in the US. What do you guys think – good news?

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