Did Google Deliberately Break iPhone App Store Rules?

Google has confessed to using prohibited application programming interfaces (APIs) for developing new voice search for iPhone; yet in spite of that admission the new application is still there on Apple’s App Store.

Apple’s rigid policy on App Store approval has been a subject of criticism among the developers’ community, for not only rejecting applications that might compete with their own, but also for forbidding them to develop undocumented APIs.

Google used an undocumented API that provides access to iPhone’s proximity sensor, which dims the screen when the phone is lifted against the face, to develop voice search application that lets the handset to sense when the verbal speech is going to be conducted, and prompts the user to speak.

Now, the mystery that surrounds the whole issue is that why the application developed using forbidden APIs is still available on its App Store, as we have already seen several application rejections by Apple, in the wake unauthorised use of undocumented APIs,

However, it will be interesting to see whether Apple enforces the rules of the iPhone SDK, and compel the search engine behemoth to rewrite entire application, or change the manner it uses the proximity server for developing the application.

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