Google Voice iPhone App (GV Mobile +) Submitted to App Store

Written By Sam on 15 September 2010
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Sean Kovacs, the developer of GV Mobile, is reported to have resubmitted the Google Voice App for iPhone, GV Mobile +, to the Apple App Store. For the uninitiated, Apple had removed Google Voice-related applications from its app store citing the software’s duplicating features as the reason.

The report comes close on the heels of Apple’s newly-released developer guidelines for iPhone apps. When Apple had rejected the app about a year ago, the app had apparently encountered functional issues and even crashed on occasions. The developer is understood to have added new features to the app and, after reading the company’s new guidelines, is confident the app will not get rejected again.

If the app get a go-ahead from Apple, it will be called GV Mobile +. Reports suggest the app will come with support for iPhone 4’s Retina Display, Multitasking/quick app switching and will support push notifications. A report also claims the app will be available for free for the first 12 hours and subsequently sell for $2.99.

GV Mobile + Features

Keypad

  • New graphics for the keypad
  • Internal favorites (Apple doesn’t provide access to the iPhone Favorites)
  • Copy/Paste into keypad
  • Phone number recognition (when you type a number in your contacts, it shows the name)
  • Tones stay on when key held down
  • Delete button when held down keeps deleting

SMS

  • Full landscape support
  • Redesigned Reply/New SMS view
  • Copy SMS messages
  • Contact look-up when entering in name in the New SMS view
  • Action menu for each SMS which allows quick call back and adding person to iPhone contacts
  • Name look-up for SMS messages from a phone number (will cross reference your iPhone contacts for a name)

History

  • Action menu for each history entry which allows quick call back, SMS, and adding person to iPhone contacts
  • Full landscape support

Voicemail

  • Full landscape support
  • Transcriptions
  • Improved play bar (play/pause, scrubber, transcription toggle)
  • Action menu for each voice mail entry which allows quick call back, SMS, and adding person to iPhone contacts

Settings

  • Multiple accounts
  • Offline dialing (initiate a call without using data connection)
  • Data Sync (multiple methods)
  • Default Area Code (since GV requires 10 digit numbers, if set, you can still enter local number without entering the area code)
  • Open to Tab
  • Enable/Disable Do No Disturb
  • Change Call Screening settings
  • Enable/Disable Call Presentation

Following Apple’s rejection, Kovac had made the GV Mobile available on Cydia for free. Should he receive a nod from Apple, updates for the app on Cydia will cease. For the moment, however, the more important question is whether Kovac’s app will get re-approved. We will have to wait and watch.

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