Google answered the prayers of many iPhone users by releasing a native iOS app for Google Voice after being denied entry to the App Store over a year ago. The free official app, while lacking many preference settings found on paid third-party offerings, is otherwise slicker in every way.
When Skype announced the new version of their VoIP software for Windows, many Mac users were left wondering if they were ever going to be invited to join in the fun. Well, we finally got our invitation, because today Skype announced that Mac users everywhere will be bumped up to first-class with a heck of an update.
The new beta version of Skype 5.0 for the Mac includes five new features that will surely give the application a heck of a face lift. Not only is there a new user interface, but Skype will now include group video calling, Mac Address Book integration, a new Contacts display, and a whole new call control bar.
We got a chance to use the beta and have been testing it for the past few days, and we can say with certainty that we like what we see.
Remember not so long ago when Skype had a very public dispute with third-party app developer fring and disabled that company’s use of their API? It appeared that another such service, Nimbuzz, was in the clear -- until now.
GV Mobile, the unofficial Google Voice application, may actually make it back to the App Store after all. After the GV Mobile application was pulled by Apple almost 2 years ago, along with the Official Google Voice application (which never made it past the approval process), many Google Voice users wondered if they would ever see the Google Voice functionality in an app on their iOS devices. But a recent tweet by GV Mobile application developer, Sean Kovacs, revealed that Apple has finally broken their silence about Google Voice on the App Store.
Earlier today, Google announced the availability of a VoIP calling feature for Gmail users, allowing those of us who rock a Googlemail account to call landline and cellular telephones from the comfort of our inbox. The service, currently available only to Gmail users residing in the U.S., will allow for free calls to phones in North America "at least the rest of the year." While you'll be dinged for calls to other countries outside of North America, as those already enjoying the benefits of VoIP will tell you, the cost of those conversations will be significantly less than if they were placed on a conventional home or mobile phone.
Google may have been shut out from the iPhone with Google Voice, but a new video and screenshots appear to show an as-yet unreleased application for the Mac which seems to leverage the service with their Gizmo5 acquisition from late last year.
Something that wasn't made clear in the
iPad announcement was the release of a new software development kit
(SDK) from Apple for app developers. In this case that's big news,
though, because it removed the restrictions on calling over 3G.
Today, Skype posted in their
blog that a new version of their iPhone software is coming that
will remove the Wi-Fi only limitation on Skype calls.
If your head is still fuzzy from an iPad media event hangover, you might have missed a nugget of info that’s now part of the iPhone SDK: Apple is now allowing apps to make VoIP calls over 3G data connections!