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Apple and AT&T have done their very best to keep Google Voice away from iPhone users. A big raging controversy, an FCC intervention and lot of talk still didn’t help. Today all that changes — thanks to a brand new browser-based Google Voice app.

googlevoicewebapps.gifApple and AT&T have done their very best to keep the Google Voice service away from iPhone users. A big raging controversy, an FCC investigation and a lot of talk still didn’t bring Google’s much-hyped — and loved — service to the iPhone. But today all that changes — thanks to a brand new browser-based Google Voice app.

Using HTML 5 technologies, the browser-based version of Google Voice app works both on Palm webOS and iPhone OS 3.0 devices. The browser-based app allows you to access the voice mails easily. It also allows you to display your Google Voice number on outgoing calls and you can send and receive text messages. More than just Google Voice, this browser-based service truly showcases the power of HTML, especially in the context of mobile applications where working across different platform is fast becoming a challenge for developers.

On the Google Mobile blog, Marcus Foster and David Singleton write:

Delivering Google services via mobile browsers has worked well for the Gmail team, so we decided to follow the same approach with Google Voice. Today, we’re excited to introduce the Google Voice web app for the iPhone and Palm WebOS devices. This HTML5 application provides you with a fast and versatile mobile experience for Google Voice because it uses the latest advancements in web technologies. For example, AppCache lets you interact with web apps without a network connection and local databases allow you to store data locally on the device, so you don’t lose data even when you close the browser.

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  1. To all those that chastised me when I said HTLM5 web apps trump local installs, all I can say is – “I told you so!”

    :P

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  2. FINALLY! I had to jailbreak my iPhone to get GVMobile on there and the recent GVMobile+ was nice upgrade, but I’ve been waiting to see what Google brings us in web app form. This looks quite nice. While I still wish for a more native app, it’s nice to see Google pushing the boundaries of web apps.

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    1. This doesn’t seem to be released yet. When I goto m.google.com/voice it shows me the old Google Voice site. I’ve cleared my iPhone safari cache and logged out and back in.

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      1. same thing happening with me.

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  3. [...] As Om notes over at GigaOm, the app is built using HTML5 and works not only with the iPhone’s browser, but with Palm webOS devices as well. That’s a sweet deal because Google never got around to creating a webOS app for Google Voice. Some individual third-party developers gave it a go and to their credit, the Google Voice experience was almost perfect on a Palm Pre, based on my experience. In fact, I pegged Google Voice on a Pre to be a close second to the app on an Android unit last summer. I have to wonder what this move does to those third-party developers that put so much time and effort into their app. [...]

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  4. [...] that apparently won’t stop Google from giving iPhone customers access to Google Voice. As of this morning, iPhone owners can now point mobile Safari at a Google Voice website to gain access to a much more [...]

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  5. [...] that apparently won’t stop Google from giving iPhone customers access to Google Voice. As of this morning, iPhone owners can now point mobile Safari at a Google Voice website to gain access to a much more [...]

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  6. Too bad the Safari browser can’t send push notifications for SMS or show when someone’s calling you.

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  7. [...] to gigaom Google Voice app works both on Palm webOS and iPhone OS 3.0 devices. The browser-based app allows [...]

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  8. too bad voice calls still get routed through a local phone number

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    1. Yes calls are routed through local number. You loose your monthly minutes anyway.

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    2. Yes, I agree. This used to be an expensive technology some time, but these days they are trying to keep the business for themselves.

      Hopefully they soon die out.

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  9. is there any way to receive incoming calls through this latest web based google voice ? m.google.com/voice

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  10. [...] 26, 2010 One recent step takes Google Voice onto the iPhone. As Om reports, it’s browser-based (HTML5). Hence it sidesteps security at the iPhone app [...]

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  11. [...] that apparently won’t stop Google from giving iPhone customers access to Google Voice. As of this morning, iPhone owners can now point mobile Safari at a Google Voice website to gain access to a much more [...]

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  12. Google Voice on my iPhone! Better n peanut butter in my chocolate!

    I love my iPhone and for my business use a Google Voice number for clients (all in US), admittedly because it’s far more memorable than my main line. I have used Google Voice much less that I could, however, because I’m doing more and more (and more) on my mobile than on my laptop. This could be the start of something great.

    -Brian

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  13. We tried this earlier, and it worked quite well for us. It won’t use the iPhones Contacts list, but that’s not always a huge deal if it’s been synced with your Google Contacts or if you simply know the phone number that you’re dialing.

    Also to note is that the Google Voice access number pool seems to be getting bigger, as they seem to be trying to get calls routed through pops that are geographically closest to where the call originates.

    http://www.stuffaboutlife.com/?p=687

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  14. HTML5 is arriving in style!

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  15. If you leave the Google Voice app open in Safari and close Safari it seems to still be active in the background. I haven’t tried sending an SMS to see what happens, but it’s definitely keeping Safari open as I used a jailbreak app to see that Safari was still open, and I observed the phone using 3G while it was supposed to be doing nothing. Potential battery issues, I would think.

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  16. Peccato che questa rovina l’esperienza per gli utenti di iPod touch, perché per effettuare chiamate in uscita, è necessario selezionare “tuo” numero di telefono. Il mio dispositivo non è un telefono cellulare, e il numero che voglio usare per le chiamate in uscita non è coerente (dipende da dove sto AT).

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  17. but it is still not supported in many iphones like in mine it is not working

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  18. This BREAKS iPod Touch use.

    The headline could read “Google Blocks iPod Touch Users From Using Google Voice.”

    Very disappointing.

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  19. [...] is a tremendous upgrade and brings the experience full circle.  This is a great example of how an HTML5 app can provide fast and flexible service directly over the mobile web. The interesting thing with [...]

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  20. [...] they don’t like – they have absolute veto power.  Full stop. – Example – the Google Voice kerfuffle.  We’ll never really know why Apple has blocked Google Voice. – Want an iPhone but live in [...]

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  21. Now the news is that Apple wont allow any Google products to get into app store.

    Bad news for iPhone users.

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  22. [...] and easy-to-use cloud-based development environment, definitely has its issues, among them voice. Google Voice, on the other hand, is a nice solution for managing incoming calls, but a boilerplate one with a [...]

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  23. [...] for free from the App Store, and provides access to all major Google Voice features just like the HTML5 web app, including free text messaging to U.S. numbers, voicemail transcription and cheap international [...]

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