With no end in sight for Apple's ridiculously long review of the Google Voice app for the iPhone, the search engine heavyweight decided to single-handedly break the deadlock. A web-based Google Voice app for the iPhone and Palm's Web OS platform is Google's repartee to Apple's delaying tactics. The HTML 5 app can be accessed from the phone's browser. This being an HTML 5 app, it is more advanced than the existing browser-based version for mobile phones.
The two companies have been on the warpath ever since last July, when Google claimed that Apple had refused to admit its Google Voice app to the App Store. Although Apple had categorically denied rejecting the app back then, Google Voice is yet to earn its approval.
“You can make calls from your phone that show your Google Voice number as the caller ID. You can also listen to voicemail and read voicemail transcripts, send and receive text messages for free, and take advantage of the low international call rates offered by Google Voice,” Google announced on the official Google Mobile blog.
Pre and the webOS have brought about Palm's revival. Now that it is back in the hunt, it can comfortably concentrate on growth. It now features nearly 950 titles and is expected to cross the 1,000 app mark after Palm's CES keynote. The pace at which apps are being added to the App Catalog is a trickle compared to the App Store, which hit the 10,000 apps mark in just six months (almost the time Palm's mobile app store has been around). The Palm App Catalog is just not in the App Store league and might never leap so high, but it is important for Palm to keep moving in the right direction.
Representing sibling rivalry at its best, the new Palm Pixi retains much of the same functionality as its bigger brother (Palm Pre) in a smaller form factor and lighter design, the latter of which is partially attributable to not having to slide out a keyboard.
Built around the Qualcomm MSM7627 chipset, the Pixi boasts two ARM cores -- 1.6GHz applications processor with floating point unit and L2 cache, and a 400MHz modem processor -- integrated into a single chip, support for both CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A and UMTS HSDPA 7.2Mbps/USUPA 5.76Mbps, a 320MHz application DSP for multimedia supporting full 30fps WVGA encode/decode, 200MHz hardware-accelerated 3D graphics core with support for Open GL 2.0, a high-res camera, integrated GPS, and more.
In other words, it's a worthy successor to the bigger and somewhat more powerful Pre. Gizmodo, who has logged in some hands-on time with the Pixi, notes that "there wasn't a huge difference in speed between the two devices," though you'll have to make do without WiFi and 80 less pixels on the smaller display.