Techie big deals like Michael Arrington are throwing temper tantrums and giving up their iPhones over Apple’s decision to NOT allow the Google Voice app into the iTunes App Store. My initial reaction was along the same lines, though a bit more calm.
I’ve changed my thoughts on a Google Voice app for the iPhone.
I’ve had an icon on my homescreen to take me to http://www.google.com/voice from day one of the Google Voice launch. (see illustration below) It works. I can search my address book, place calls, listen to messages, etc. In short, I can do anything I really need to do, right there on my little ol’ iPhone.
What struck me about the GV Mobile app was that the main reason it felt better than going to a mobile version of their website, aside from being able to dial and access my phones address book, was the UI. That’t it. It was pretty and the buttons were bigger and easier to use, but it didn’t give me the ability to do a whole lot more than I couldn’t already do.
So, Google, I have a suggestion for you. Just bypass the iTunes App Store. When you sense I’m coming from an iPhone, why don’t you simply give me a better, more iPhone-friendly version of your site. You did a great job on the iPhone layout for Google Calendar recently. That made me happy. Just do the same thing for Voice and I’ll be happy again. I’m sure others will be too.
I’m not sure how Michael Arrington will react though.