Apple Rejects Android App From App Store
Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS for mobile phones are clearly direct competitors. The two companies behind them take advantage of every single opportunity to poke fun at the competition. It’s no wonder, then, that Apple and Google won’t appreciate promoting the products of the competition. That’s probably why an application from a Danish company called Mediaprovider was rejected from Apple’s App store recently. The app featured exclusive content about the Android operating system.
Now even though there’s direct competition between Android and Apple’s operating system and products, some people tend to see this as a wrong move. They’ve even went as far as saying that the Cupertino-based company’s censorship is too “far-reaching and hypocritical” PC Magazine reports. You can already download an Android news app through the app store. The app is called AndroidWorld reader. A whole bunch of other apps feature content regarding other operating systems.
So why did Apple choose to ban this one? Well, according to Mediaprovider’s Brian Dixen, the company’s application called Android Megasinet was rejected mainly because it included Android-centered content. “It’s funny really because I don’t think we would sell many magazines on Android through Apple App Store, but the question is where this is going,” said Dixen. Dixen also believes that Apple imposes a set of censorship rules that are a bit too strict. He also admits that he’s published other apps in Apple’s store with no problem until this occurrence. Two of them are called iPhone Magasinet and Gear and they provide users with iPhone info and news on consumer electronics. Both these apps are currently available for download.
Apple has for a long time been criticized for its censorship and it’s rejecting certain apps. For instance, the company will block all apps that contain any kind of nudity, even if the apps have educational purposes. On top of that the iPhone will ignore all language that Apple considers inappropriate. When you type a text message and want to type in a mature word, you’ll discover that you can’t. Developers will tend to complain about all these limitations. Some users will complain as well while other users will tend to be satisfied with the large number of applications that they currently get through Apple’s App Store. On Monday Apple finally revealed that there are over 300,000 apps in its app store. The bottom line seems to be, Apple is well aware that it can set its own rules for its own platforms and developers and users can either adapt or switch to Android, which I personally think is decently fair. We’d love to have more freedom when owning an iPhone but at the same time we’d also like to keep our kids safe from content that’s not appropriate. For those who want the best of both worlds, maybe jailbreaking is in order. However, those people should definitely keep in mind that jailbreaking can void your warranty.11