Thanks to Google, we now have an official Google Voice application available in Apple's App Store. The day that many thought would never come, finally has, and so we needed to find out if the wait was really worth it. After all, with something that has been longed for this long, it's only right that we dig into it right off the bat, and find out if the official version was something we've really been wanting all along. So, does Google Voice for iPhone really stack up? Find out after the cut.
We watched as, a few weeks ago, third party Google Voice applications started landing inside the Walled Garden that is Apple's App Store. While there were murmurings of an ending world, other people rejoiced, and claimed the applications as their own, even with the cost of the app. But, those rumors that Google was working on an official application for the service turned out to be true, and now the application, all official and what not, is finally available.
As far as rumors go, Cisco's video conferencing set-up meant for the general consumer has been at the top of the list for a few months now. Cisco has finally come forward with an official announcement today, pulling the curtain off their brand new HD video conferencing system, now called Umi. As far as hardware goes, you'll have a couple of things set up around your TV, but that's a small price to pay for being able to talk to your loved ones on your TV.
Apple's publishing of their App Store guidelines for developers led to all manner of third-party Google Voice apps being submitted - and approved - for iOS devices, but now it seems Google's own app is set to imminently arrive. TechCrunch has heard that the official Google Voice for iPhone app has already received its initial approval, and that it will pop up in the store as soon as the search giant has finished tweaking it to suit the Retina Display and iOS 4's multitasking.
Despite Google's good news today, it seems that there's people out there that aren't all that interested in getting third-party applications for their Google Voice needs (even if those apps are good in their own right), and want the official thing from Google. Unfortunately, the search giant doesn't seem to have any plans on making that happen any time soon.
Looks like the Google Voice applications are starting to break into the App Store by force. Just yesterday we reported that another app for Google Voice, called GV Connect, passed the review process for Apple's App Store, and now we've got the prodigal app returning to the scene. This one comes full of features, as we've come to hope, and the price isn't that bad, either.
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The iTunes App Store may not be out of the fire when it comes to application submissions just because they are becoming a bit more transparent on the matter, but at least it's a step forward. While there were many apps that got caught in the crossfire of app submission, it was a Google Voice client that brought up some of the most dust. But, it looks like a new client, while unofficial, has just made its presence known within the App Store. It's called GV Connect, and it's available right now.
That Gmail voice-calls leak we talked about earlier today? Google has officially announced it, confirming that US users should see it added to their Gmail chat list over the next few days. Initially the service will be free for outgoing calls to US and Canadian numbers, though Google will also offer international rates from $0.02 per minute.
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