Apple Responds to Full Disclosure of Google FCC Response

Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris has sent TiPb a response to the now fully public Google FCC disclosure, which Dieter posted earlier today.

“We do not agree with all of the statements made by Google in their FCC letter. Apple has not rejected the Google Voice application and we continue to discuss it with Google.”

So it's either Apple-said/Google-said, some broken-telephone (the irony!) between the two companies, or a mix of both?

Regardless of the "was it rejected or is it still being studied" tempest, Google Voice and Google Latitude remain absent from Apple's App Store, and all companies seem to agree on the reason: they duplicate what Apple considers to be core functionality of the iPhone, and that's something Apple currently doesn't want to see duplicated.

Since it's Apple's product, that's their prerogative (especially if they consider Google competitive in this space), though if Google Voice and Google Latitude are features a user needs, they're not going to consider an iPhone. When/if that becomes a huge portion of the user base, Apple may have to reconsider. Either way, Google is still going ahead with WebApp versions for now and everyone else is just going to have to wait and see..

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