I have to give it to Google; they are 99% of the time ahead of the game. They are bringing to bear things that other companies have only dreamed about. And when they get push-back, they give as good as they get.
Today comes news that after Apple rejected the Google Phone app, Google has retooled the app and has made it available as a web site instead. Take THAT Apple. Of course, the developers at Apple are likely scrambling to find a way to block it, but they can’t block every website that comes up with another way to present an iPhone app that was rejected by Apple. If they start, where will it end?
The cool thing about this is Google has shown/proved that you can get people what they are looking for and need without going through traditional channels every time. How long before other developers follow suit?
The fact is, the availability of functionality in the iPhone is ultimately what will make it a success. And that function comes through apps. Without the apps, the iPhone is just another cell phone.