Feeds

Google exempts self from Apple rules

Some developers are more equal than others

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Google has admitted using forbidden APIs to get its iPhone application working, but despite that admission the application remains available on iTunes in apparent breach of the store rules.

Apple provides documentation on the APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that developers are allowed to use, and restricts access to others for reasons they are under no obligation to reveal. The specific API used by Google Mobile Search gives access to the proximity sensor that the app uses to detect when the handset is lifted against the face - and thus when it should start recognising speech.

Illegitimate use of the API was suspected by other developers, and was confirmed to C-Net yesterday.

Officially such applications shouldn't be allowed in the iTunes store, but it seems the rules don't apply to everyone as Google Mobile Search remains available.

Apple has already been pretty arbitrary about how it applies the rules on listing applications - such as blocking MailWrangler on the grounds that it would confuse users, then allowing BdEmailer, apparently because the latter application is a write-only email app and therefore won't confuse anyone. Other applications have been removed on even more indiscernible grounds, such as featuring a picture of a knife.

But while those rules have been arbitrary and largely unknown, they have so far been applied equally to all - even Google was forced to wait while its app went through the approval process. Now, however, it seems that if you're Google then not all the rules apply to you. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
They can take our lives, but they'll never take our SPECTRUM
Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage
More NB than transport links to next-gen buyers - study
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout
Commercial trial locations to go live in September
Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?
Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.