updated 04:50 pm EST, Thu December 24, 2009
VoiceCentral steps around App Store rejections
Apple's removal of Google Voice apps from the App Store has not stopped developers from finding a workaround, as VoiceCentral plans to return the service to the iPhone via Safari, according to TechCrunch. The new app, known as the Black Swan edition, is entirely web-based and appears to eliminate the roadblock posed by Apple's review team.
The web interface provides a similar look to the native app, including a virtual keypad and lists of transcribed e-mails and SMS messages. The service automatically dials the user's iPhone and the recipient's phone when making an outgoing call.
The Black Swan beta currently lacks several basic features found in native apps. Users will have to manually import contacts, as the web app cannot directly access the iPhone's contact list. Audio is also limited to the integrated speaker instead of the earpiece, although users can still use a headset.
Black Swan is still in the private beta stage of development. The company has yet to announce a launch time-frame or pricing.