Google Says Apple Did Fully Reject Google Voice
In a post on their official blog, Google has let the world know that, "in the interest of transparency," they're allowing the FCC to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request to fully publish their response about the whole Google Voice Rejection Brouhaha, and it's an interesting read, to say the least. You can grab the PDF of the letter right here.
The letter, which had been previously redacted, claims that not only did Apple fully reject both Google Voice and Latitude, but the rejection came after conversations between top executives, including Phil Shiller. This contradicts Apple's claim that they had not rejected the apps, but merely reviewing them in a more extensive way.
The reason for the rejections (as Google calls them) is what you probably expected: "duplicate functionality." Google writes:
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 replace such functionality
The story is much the same for Google Latitude, but has a bit more shadenfreude to it since the functionality that's being duplicated is "a version of Google Maps." Google also details the dates of calls, emails, and in-person conversations between Alan Eustace of Google (VP of Engineering and Research) and Phil Schiller of Apple (VP of Worldwide Product Marketing, but you knew that).
So... the worm and turned and Google's letting the world know they feel rejected. How do you feel after this latest development?