Official Google Voice App Coming Soon?

Sean Kovacs’ GV Mobile + app has received a ton of attention and praise lately, but if TechCrunch’s sources are correct, it’s about to meet some fierce competition. According to a “source close to Google”, an official voice application has already been approved by Apple, and is awaiting an iOS 4-ready update to be released to the public. GV Mobile + does the job nicely, but being a 3rd party application, may never be able to offer every Voice feature that a 1st party application could provide.

At the moment, Google’s work-around to the App Store’s (previously) tight restrictions is an in-browser HTML5 web app, which gets the job done, but isn’t anywhere as nice as a native client. If Google’s official Voice application is approved into the App Store, it will be a complete 180* turn for Apple – and may open the flood gates for other border-line apps.


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GV Mobile + Free for a Very Limited Time

Update 2: It looks like the free price is back. It was Apple’s fault, apparently. Mr. Kovacs just tweeted:

Here’s the deal…once it goes free (within 30min), I’ll give it an hour or so before flipping it back. I think that’s fair enough.

And, more recently:

iTunes on computer says FREE for me now.

I’m getting the same thing on iTunes as well. I still think the application is more than worth the $2.99 price, but get it while it’s hot, folks!

Update: And it looks like it’s over; people, myself included, are now seeing the $2.99 price being displayed, both on the Mobile App Store and the computer version. Sorry to those of you who didn’t get it, but trust me: it’s worth the price!

Possibly an attempt to get the app up in the ranking, developer Sean Kovacs has made the GV Mobile + app free, albeit for a very limited time.

The ‘original Google Voice app’ was re-released into the App Store only a short time ago, though it was beaten to the punch by another Google Voice client, which quickly gained popularity due to it being the first. Of course, even a month ago none of these apps existed. The reason why they are there now is because of Apple loosening the App Store regulations.

Good things don’t last, and the same is certainly true here. Sean Kovacs tweeted that:

~1AM EST it will go back to $2.99.

In other words, grab it now. Like, right now. For those of you not on 3.1.3 or later, he says to grab it via iTunes on the computer, and install it when you update.

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