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The past few months we’ve seen official apps slowly trickle into the Windows Phone Store. And for those services (cough YouTube, cough Instagram) that don’t provide an official app, third party developers have stepped in to provide incredible applications.

Sometimes doing a job so good it’s hard to see what companies can do better (Metrotube is a great example of this). Unfortunately, most apps require workarounds to function properly and can easily be broken by a change server side to all these apps. Right now users might experience some issues with MetroTalk and GVoice because of some authentication issues.

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Although GoVoice just hit v2.5, its closest competitor, GVoice has been left in the dust for some time now mostly due to some "issues" (to put it lightly) in Microsoft's app approval process. We mentioned about the fiasco a couple of weeks ago here.

Well, good news for GVoice users and the developer: his app has finally been given the green light after being in limbo for nearly 2 months.

It should go live in the Marketplace anytime now. To see the full change-log, including new features, hit the jump for the list...

Update: V1.2 is now live in the Marketplace, grab it here.

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GoVoice, the popular Google Voice client with push notifications has been submitted for Marketplace approval. Being a 0.1 upgrade, we can expect some minor improvements and bug fixes. Developer Nicholai Yu provides some details of what to expect:

  • Performance improvements
  • New live tile design to make the count more visible (see above)
  • Fixed the bug where settings cannot be saved
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes

Sounds good to us. We've been successfully using the push feature exclusively on our Focus now, giving up on traditional SMS (AT&T's 200 is a little meager). Hopefully the update will come in the next few days. Stay tuned.

On a related note, GoVoice's biggest competitor, GVoice, is stuck in what can only be described as "Microsoft approval hell", a fate we wish upon no developer. Seriously, read that post and know the situation still has not changed for Koush in 22 days. Come on MS, help a brotha out.

Source: @nicholaiyu; My Brain Hurts

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Update: v1.1 should be hitting the Marketplace soon; here's a list of fixes & features

For those who like to use Google Voice, there's a new app in town that may be the one everyone has been waiting for: GVoice.

The app will push messages to you, transcribe voicemail, allow you to enable/disable devices and even pull down contact photos. It fetches for $3.99, which is a bit pricey, but we imagine that's to cover the costs of running a push server. There's a free trial too but it has no push notifications.

Is it better than GoVoice ($2.99)? Hard to say but we'll put the through their paces and compare/contrast the two. Stay tuned.

Grab it here (opens Zune Desktop)

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