Apple’s announcement today that it added The Beatles to the iTunes Store overshadows two news items of much greater importance to iPhone and iPod Touch users.
The first is that Google Voice finally squeaked its way through the App Store’s approval process. U.S. users with a Google account now have better mailbox and voicemail functionality than before, with free text messaging, voicemail transcription, call screening and call blocking. The service also offers cheap international calls. Google has tussled with Apple in the past about the Google Voice app, just one battle in an already contentious relationship between the two companies.
Second, an update from Twitter late today now allows push notifications. @ mentions from people you follow now push as a notification to iPhone and iPod Touch users, making Twitter a much more real-time conversation tool.
Posterous, the service that lets you blog from your email client and syndicate your stuff to services like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, just released a pretty sweet iPhone app. Sure, Posterous has had its photo app in the iTunes Store for some time, but I found it a bit clunky.
The new Posterous app lets you post text, images, video and control geotagging and autoposting services directly from your iPhone.
I’m writing this from within the latest version of the WordPress app for iPhone. The iPhone isn’t known for its ability to offer a great writing experience while composing anything much longer than a tweet, but I can say as I type this that it does feel pretty comfortable. It took me about 30 seconds to write to this point.
The WordPress iPhone app lets me moderate comments and edit posts or change the publish status of any post in my database. I can also easily upload pictures.
The biggest flaw is that there is no way for me to insert links without having to manually code them in from the raw HTML view of the post. This isn’t a dealbreaker, bur since blogging is all about linking, I would like to see it fixes in the future.