Motorola Defy & Google Voice Apps Return – Mobile Monday Madness

Mon, Sep 13, 2010

Android, iPhone, Mobile

Welcome to this edition of Mobile Monday Madness! We wrap-up the latest mobile news so you can get on with your Monday. Today, we’re going to discuss the newly announced Defy with Android from Motorola that will be coming to T-Mobile by the beginning of the holiday season and Apple possibly allowing Google Voice Apps in the iPhone App Store.

Motorola Defy Announced

This morning, Motorola announced a brand new Android phone, the Defy  which runs Android 2.1 and sports a 3.7 inch display.

According to Motorola, the Defy is scratch and dust proof and runs Android 2.1 as well as a version of Motoblur. Sporting a 5MP camera and DLNA access, the Defy should be ready and on T-Mobile shelves just in time for the holiday season.

“DEFY is essentially a connection hub wrapped in a layer of protection,” said Paul Cole, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “The unique and innovative form-factor of the DEFY provides you with the confidence to truly take your phone anywhere.”

We will let you know when more information is available along with when and where you can purchase the Defy.

Apple Allowing Google Voice Apps on App Store

Last year, there was quite a bit of a controversial stir over Apple not allowing an official App implementation of Google Voice on the iPhone App Store. In the FCC investigation, both sides argued whether the app was rejected or just not approved but the ruling stood and there is still no official Google Voice app on the App Store.

At the same time as this ruling, Apple also removed all third-party apps that offered Google Voice integration. One such app was GV Mobile, created by Sean Kovacs. His app had been personally approved by Apple executive Phil Schiller himself but was pulled last year for “duplicating functionality of the iPhone”.

Perhaps this new look at the App Store made Apple reconsider but Kovacs has posted on his Twitter that under Apple’s new guidelines “GV Mobile will most likely get back in once I resubmit.”

Does this mean that Google could resubmit its own official app? No one is for sure, or whether or not Google will try but it would be an interesting concept if so.

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