If you were watching last summer, Apple denied Google’s own Voice app to the iTunes App Store and subsequently removed all other Voice related apps as well. It created quite a controversy in the app world and many blogs were reporting on it. Well, Google decided to side-step the entire app approval process and release a web app for Safari on the iPhone. No Apple approval process to get in the way either. Just point your browser to http://m.google.com/voice and you’re done. You can even add a home page icon to your device (touch the + button).
As a Google Voice user I am still hopeful for a proper Voice app. However, since it’s been several months and there’s still nothing, not even a word of a possible approval for such an app, my hope is fading. This is especially the case now that Google has release a web app.
Google announced today that Push Gmail via Google Sync is now available. So for all you that have been using GPush or our other hack to get your GMail pushed to your iPhone should head over to Google Sync and get signed up. We’ll put up a how-to in the next day or so.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 8:48 AM
Those of you who live in your Gmail inboxes usually want to know what’s happening with your email more instantly than standard fetch mail on your phone allows. Sure, using Gmail in your mobile browser gives you all the benefits of conversation threading and starring, but you still have to refresh every time you want to check for new mail.
When we launched Google Sync for Contacts and Google Calendar earlier this year, an over-the-air, always-on connection to sync mail was noticeably absent. We heard your requests loud and clear, and starting today you can use Google Sync to get your Gmail messages pushed directly to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or Windows Mobile device.
You can set up push Gmail by itself or choose to sync your Contacts and/or Calendar as well. If you’re using an iPhone, make sure you’re running iPhone OS version 3.0 or above (on your device, click Settings > General > About and scroll down until you see Version). If your software is out of date, follow Apple’s upgrade instructions. Then, visit m.google.com/sync from your computer for set up instructions. If you’re already using Google Sync, you can just enable push mail.
Once you’re set up, new messages are normally pushed to your phone within seconds. While this type of speed is pretty awesome, push connections tend to use more power than fetching at intervals, so don’t be surprised if your battery life isn’t quite what it used to be. We’ve done a lot of work to optimize power usage, but if you prefer to save battery life, you can always turn off push in your phone’s settings and fetch mail every 30 or 60 minutes instead.
What happenned to Infinite SMS? This very popular SMS application appears to be MIA and a post on the official Infinite SMS website indicates that Google has indeed blocked their access to the Google SMS Gateway.
Google’s official statement:
“Infinite SMS is a third party app that has been using Google technology to provide free SMS for users, while we were paying for the cost of the text messages. While Google is supportive of third party apps, we’ve decided we can’t support this particular usage of our system at this time. SMS chat is still just an experiment in the early testing stages in Gmail Labs. We’re blocking all external XMPP clients from sending SMS; we’re not singling out Inner Fence.”
As for Infinite SMS alternatives, stay tuned as we are working to put together some suggestions. Infinite SMS has been a very popular app, in fact its been our most popular review, so we can see a heavy demand for this type of thing. We’ll do some looking and offer up some alternatives in a day or two.