iPhone App Store bars mention of Google Android
You are not rejected. But you can't come in
Apple has told a tiny mobile software developer that its application cannot be included in the iPhone App Store if it mentions Google Android.
Flash of Genius offers a mobile app aimed at students preparing for their college entrance exams. "Flash of Genius: SAT Vocab" debuted on the iPhone, and at the end of last year, a version was introduced for Android as well.
The app's Android incarnation was recently named as a finalist in Google’s Android Developer Challenge, and when it came time to submit an updated app to Apple's iPhone App Store, Flash of Genius mentioned this simple fact in the product's description.
But as the startup announced yesterday in a blog post, Steve Jobs and company did not respond well to this updated description. Apple soon sent an email telling the startup that the description contained "inappropriate or irrelevant platform information."
"Providing future platform compatibility plans or other general platform references are not relevant in the context of the iPhone App Store," the email read. "While your application has not been rejected, it would be appropriate to remove 'Finalist in Google’s Android Developer’s Challenge!' from the Application Description."
Per usual, Apple is using its own definition of rejected. "Please log into iTunes Connect to make appropriate changes to the Application Description now," Apple's email continues, "to avoid an interruption in the availability of Flash of Genius: SAT Vocab 2.2 on the iPhone App Store."
Flash of Genius has complied. And founder Tim Novikoff tells The Reg he was happy to comply since the App Store accounts for the vast majority of its revenue. But he did so with some regret. Novikoff argues that the mention helped put his application among the App Store's top sellers.
Is Apple some sort of cult? Denying the existence of ones family members is often something done in real cults. Looks like Apple is running some sort of app cult! "You must not mention anyone or anything outside the family of Apple wa-ha-ha!"
I bet saying that p*sses off a few fanbois! Don't be p*ssed off! Go seek help to escape the cult before its too late!
Well maybe it doesn't exactly tell users that the app will work for them, but what it does do is let people know that it's a quality app that's been appreciated not just on one platform but two, three etc. That tells the user that the developer is serious about this app and that it has a good following on the wider market. What's the problem with that? It's not like someone's going to see the description and say, "Oh damn, this app is available on Android too, now I can ditch my iPhone."
I can't see whats wrong?
Just change the App's description. Not that much of a problem. Steve.