Google has disclosed to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission that Apple Inc. earlier this year did indeed reject Google’s Google Voice for iPhone app for inclusion in Apple’s iTunes App Store.
Apple told the FCC last month that it had not rejected the Google Voice for iPhone app. Instead, Apple said it is still studying the app and hasn’t yet made a decision whether to approve or reject the app.
Google’s letter to the FCC states, in part:
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 representatives indicated that the company did not want applications that could potentially replaces such functionality… The primary points of contact between the two companies were Alan Eustace, Google Senior Vice President of Engineering & Research, and Phil Schiller, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing. On July 7, Mr. Eustace and Mr. Schiller spoke over the phone. It was during this call that Mr. Schiller informed Mr. Eustace that Apple was rejecting the Google Voice application for the reasons described above.
MacDailyNews Take: Oh, goody, somebody’s lying! We wonder if it’s corporate policy for Apple and/or Google to tape such phone calls in anticipation of just such a discrepancy?