Dismissing Apple’s response over the removal of Google Voice service from its iTunes store, Google told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the iPhone maker in fact rejected its Google Voice as well as Google Latitude apps from its signature app store.
The search engine giant, in a letter to the agency, claimed that Apple’s senior VP for Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller actually ordered the rejection of the aforementioned apps.
The Commission had sought information from Google, Apple and AT&T about the rejection of Google apps from the App Store back in July, and all the three companies have already sent their letters surrounding the issue.
In its letter Google mentioned: “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”.
This is contrary to what Apple has said in its response to the FCC’s probe into the matter. Apple claimed that it hasn’t at all rejected the apps, but it was closely studying it.
These proclamations from Apple and Google have somewhat underscored the role of AT&T in the reported rejection. This is simply because the network operator didn’t presumably want an application that could allow users to make cheap calls on its networks.
However, AT&T has already claimed in its letter to the FCC that it wasn’t connected with the matter.
Apple's desire to protect its platform is coming under intense pressure and scrutiny. Central to this question is how far can a company go to prevent its own customers from tinkling with its products. The FCC has already signalled that it will be looking closely at making the web more opened. AT&T and Apple should listen.
(SU The Daily Orange)