Why Apple rejected one of Google's software products for the iPhone

Apple has its own program for the iPhone and the government wants to force them to put competing Google software on its phone.

Weeks ago, when Google publicly revealed the content of its letter to the FCC in response to a government inquiry, it was discovered that Apple allegedly rejected the Google Latitude Application, because Apple believed the software could replicate the native Maps application included with the iPhone -- software also created by Google. Apple said that the new software could "create user confusion" with Google Maps. . . .

Apple approves Vonage's iPhone app:

Vonage, a pioneer in Internet-based phone service, is launching applications for the iPhone and BlackBerry that undercut the international calling rates of major wireless carriers.
When the phones are connected to a Wi-Fi hot spot, the calls go over that link, bypassing the wireless carrier entirely. When Wi-Fi is not available, the calls are placed as local wireless calls, using up minutes on the cell phone plan. Vonage then carries the calls to their overseas destination.
The fact that the Vonage app for the iPhone can use the cellular voice channel is unusual. Several other voice-over-Internet apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch can already place calls over Wi-Fi. But Google's Voice application, which is designed to use the cellular network, has not been approved. . . .

Very interestingly, popular gaming programs have also been rejected by Apple because of programing issues. Whatever claimed issues are present with Google, they don't seem consistent with any explanation for why Apple would reject these games.

Doom Classic was rejected twice before Apple allowed it to appear in the store with some minor changes. . . .



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm. I own an iPhone and I would like to run Google's application on it. How come Apple gets to decide what software applications I am allowed to run on my smartphone which I bought and paid for with my own money?

In the future, will Microsoft get to decide to what software applications I'm allowed to run on my Windows laptop? For example, could Microsoft forbid Apple's iTune on my system because it allegedly competes with similar Microsoft applications?

10/01/2009 2:22 PM  
Blogger Karl said...

Microsoft could very well decide what software you will run using their OS. It does not belong to you, as you just have a license to use it. If you do not like their rules go buy a Mac or load Linux on your computer.

10/01/2009 10:13 PM  

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