google voice logoThe insanity that is the rejection of the Google Voice application by Apple for inclusion in the iPhone app store just gets odder with each passing day.

For those of you haven’t been following this drawn out battle, earlier this summer Google submitted an application for its Google Voice service to Apple.  This application was to be reviewed for inclusion in the iPhone and iPod Touch application store, but was ultimately rejected for unknown reasons.  What followed was a blame game of epic proportions with AT&T also being dragged in as the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in the United States.  The fight got to such a level that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to step in and start asking questions of all the parties involved as to what exactly happened.

As the war of words continued, things have now escalated even more as Google has decided to broadcast its reply to the FCC that does not paint Apple in a very favorable light.  You can read the full reply at the FCC site (PDF link), but it boils down to Google is saying this is 100 percent on Apple’s head for just being stuck in the mud’s over the fact they felt the new app would duplicate core portions of the iPhone’s functionality.

The issue here is that many consumers are crying out for the iPhone to be open and that it should run any software that is put out for it without question.  Some are even using the analogy that what if Microsoft told you what you can and can not run on your Windows based computer?  You’ve paid for the item, it belongs to you, you should have complete control over what you use it to do.  Well, I have another analogy for you … how much luck are you having running a Nintendo Wii game on your Microsoft Xbox 360?  I mean, you’ve paid for it, you own it, you should be able to run anything you want on it, right?

When you purchase an item such as a video game console or a cell phone, you are making a conscience choice that some higher power has a say over what software you are going to be allowed to run on it.  For Google, or consumers for that matter, to say that the government should force a company to allow certain things on to its equipment is ridiculous.  You are making a decision, a hopefully informed one, before you make that purchase.  No one forced you to buy an iPhone, you chose to buy it.  No one forced you to choose it over the other options out there, you decided to go with a phone manufactured by Apple, powered by Apple and ultimately serviced by Apple.

The government should have no say in such a situation.

Categories: Apple, Google, Mobile Phones, Opinion   
 

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  1. Stacy Seltzen
    September 18th, 2016 at 12:33 am #

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