Google Voice Comes to the iPhone via the Browser

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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