Google claims that Apple vetoed the Google Voice application in its App Store last July, something that has prompted an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the policy that Apple follows in its application store.
Last month, the FCC opened an investigation into this dispute, and Apple denied that it had vetoed the application. The FCC demanded responses from Google, Apple and AT&T (operator that markets the iPhone in the United States) when it learned of these events.
“Contrary to what has been published, Apple has not vetoed the Google Voice application and continues to examine it,” the company defended itself in August.
However, according to Google, its application was censored by Apple on July 7, when its vice president of research and engineering, Alan Eustace, spoke by phone with Philip Schiller, Apple’s head of marketing. “It was during this call that Mr. Schiller informed Mr. Eustace that Apple was rejecting the Google Voice application,” the search engine says in its letter to the FCC. In addition, Google assures that there were several conversations, both personal and by telephone and even by email, in which the representatives of both companies discussed the approval of the application.
Google also defends that Apple decided to remove its application from the App Store because “it duplicated the call functionality of the iPhone. Apple sources indicated that the company does not want applications that can replace this functionality.
In the letter that Apple sent to the FCC last August, the company explains that Google Voice “replaces Apple’s Visual Voicemail by redirecting calls through a separate Google Voice phone number that saves any message from voice, preventing any message from being saved on the iPhone ”.