Native Google Voice App in the Works?
Google Voice: rarely has a utility used by so few caused such consternation. The still-in-private-beta service has been making waves in the tech press of late, specifically in regards to Apple's rejection of a native app from their jealously-guarded App Store. Apple's blunder is another company's opportunity, though: the high-profile spat between them and the FCC has led to other platforms that feature such apps (namely, Android and Blackberry) receiving a wave of free publicity. So naturally, one would expect that Palm are looking to hop on this bandwagon too. Right?
TechCrunch's Michael Arrington is reporting (via anonymous sources) today that Palm is indeed planning to "roll out an official app some time in the next month or so". The problem is that since Google Voice currently lacks a public API, deep integration with the service - which relies on a seperate, Google-provided phone number - is impossible. Palm Infocenter turned to the friendly experts on all things webOS & Mojo-related at Pivotal Labs to get their take on what's required. Their VP of Business Development, Christian Sepulveda, was happy to share. Hit the jump for his thoughts.
From some screenshots I've seen while reading about the current "mess", it seems to provide it's own dialer and SMS. I don't think there is an official Google Voice API, but there are numerous posts that show reverse engineer the web client and notes the REST API semantics it seems to use.
So, for the Palm Pre, I think you could build a Google Voice client, with a few caveats:
-Palm is protective of user's knowing what is going on, so you can't directly send email, sms or place calls without the user knowing
-you can initiate a call, sms, or email, but the user has to tap the call/send button
For example, for calls, a Google Voice app would initiate a new call with wait characters, to connect to Google Voice and then connect to target number. (http://developer.palm.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1624 for API docs on this)
Palm webOS would then start the phone app/load a call card. The user would have to tap call. From there, Google Voice would do the connecting and things should work.
For SMS, I think GV Mobile would post the SMS via the Google Voice API, and Google Voice would then actually send the SMS over the gateway. There are feeds for your SMS, voicemail, etc.
Overall I think you could build the app, but it won't be fully integrated with the existing voicemail or SMS on the Palm Pre. I think this matches the iPhone version, so not too big a deal, but the SMS app on the Palm Pre is nicely integrated with IM, and you would lose that, in this case. (or more specifically, not be taking advantage of that)
I have no idea of Palm would welcome/reject a Google Voice app though.
For what it's worth, we also tried to contact Sprint & Google for comment on this. Sprint never responded to our email, and a Google spokesperson could only say this:
We have built Google Voice mobile applications for the Android and Blackberry platforms. We hope to support other platforms in the future, but we have nothing to announce at this time.
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