Google Drops Bomb And Proves Apple Lied To The US Government (FCC)?[Updated]
Wow! You can’t usually get bigger than this. Finally, Google made public the redacted part of its letter to the FCC, that totally contradicts Apple’s response to Google Voice App rejection. Google told FCC in response to the explanation given by Apple for rejection of Google Voice and I quote
Apple’s representatives informed Google that the Google Voice application was rejected because Apple believed the application duplicated the core dialer functionality of the iPhone. The Apple representative indicated that the company did not want applications that could potentially replace such functionality.
You can find the unredacted letter here (PDF). Earlier, Apple blatantly told FCC that they haven’t rejected the Google Voice App and they are still pondering on it. FCC had launched an inquiry and asked the three parties involved- Apple, Google and AT&T to respond with reasons that let to the rejection of Google Voice App. Google also goes on saying that Apple’s Senior VP of Marketing Phil Schiller had informed Google’s Senior VP Alan Eustace in a telephonic conversion that Apple was rejecting Google Voice App. I am getting the bigger picture now- Apple does not want Google to play on its turf.
Now, FCC has two different and contradicting stories for the Google Voice App Rejection. Can government agency like FCC cause any damage to Apple? How Apple is going to save its face?
UPDATE : Apple has again said in a press release that it did not reject the Google Voice App.
UPDATE 1 : And one more thing… ! rumours are rolling around that Google even has the screen shot of the actual rejection page. Let me add a very obvious point here, if Apple does not accept the Google Voice App then this might be second bomb Google will drop on Apple and this will be an atom bomb.
UPDATE 2 : Snapshots of the “rejection page” of VoiceCentral have come out. Have a look
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GigaOm: Apple Rejected Google Apps Because They Were Better by Stacey Higginbotham
Technologizer: Google’s Google Voice FCC Letter: Uncensored! by Harry McCracken
MaximumPC: Google Cries Foul Over Rejected Google Voice App by Ryan Whitwam
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