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Apple Bans Android Magazine App From App Store 574

Posted by CmdrTaco
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recoiledsnake writes "Apple dialed its battle with Android up a notch today by banning an Android magazine app from its App Store, leaving no way for users to install the app on iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches without jailbreaking. The reason for rejection, as given by an Apple rep, was: 'You know... your magazine...It's just about Android.... we can't have that in our App Store.' The bi-monthly publication — the Android counterpart to an iPhone magazine Dixon began putting out earlier this year — launched Nov. 11. 'It's funny really because I don't think we would sell many magazines on Android through Apple App Store,' Dixon told Media Watch. 'But the question is where this is going.' This comes on the heels of Jobs lashing out at Android, calling it fragmented, and its patent attacks on Android."
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Apple Bans Android Magazine App From App Store

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  • by vux984 (928602) on Monday November 29, 2010 @01:42PM (#34376264)

    Really? Desperation? Is that what it is? And is that why we don't see more BK ads in McD's? Or Macy's promos at Marshall's? **rolls eyes**

    Or ads for satellite TV on your cable TV service... oh wait. We do see those, all the time. **rolls eyes**.

  • by perpenso (1613749) on Monday November 29, 2010 @01:46PM (#34376314)

    This seems like an act of desperation.

    Or is it merely long standing policy? Haven't apps promoting/offering certain competing products and services been banned from day 1 of app store development? Whether this policy is right or wrong is a different question, but this app rejection does not seem to be any sort of reaction to Android's recent successes.

  • by rogerdugans (902614) on Monday November 29, 2010 @01:46PM (#34376316) Homepage

    I see it as kind of funny, really.
    Most Iphone users are very happy with their phones and I don't see them likely to switch- not due to a magazine app, anyway
    The main thing I see this doing is again emphasizing how tightly Apple restricts content on the Iphone, and how limiting that is.

    I DO know a few people who have chosen to get a different phone because of this.
    I also know a couple of people who have switched from Iphone to Android because of this.

  • by wygit (696674) on Monday November 29, 2010 @01:52PM (#34376410)

    They are refusing to publish a magazine in what they're trying to promote as a publishing platform.

  • Re:Success (Score:4, Informative)

    by recoiledsnake (879048) on Monday November 29, 2010 @02:06PM (#34376626)

    I've started a company dedicated to making unique mobile apps -- the current product has no peer among Android apps because it's literally impossible to do the same thing in the current Android APIs, and so it's iOS-only. Do you think Google will let my company advertise in their conferences and meetings, or include my company's logo among the others they show off when they're advertising Android? Given that Android can't do what my app does, we're not even direct competitors and should therefore be brothers-in-mobile-innovation. Surely, they'd welcome us as an advertiser (if not highlight us among developers) and let us have a presence on the floor of any Android conferences, because to not would be evil or -- according to you -- it'd be lashing out at me in anger. I like Google, so that would be hurtful.

    Could you tell us what the functionality is literally impossible in current Android APIs but possible on iOS? Also, you can submit an app to Android market which does nothing but promote your iPhone app. It will get on the Android Market place because there's no approval process. Sure, it may get bad ratings. Even if it's taken off the store, Android users can still download it from your website without jailbreaking their device.

  • by mysidia (191772) on Monday November 29, 2010 @02:07PM (#34376642)

    iPAD is not an EBOOK / MAGAZINE READING PLATFORM

    Reason: They are biased. Apple censors / reject publications that Apple does not like, publications that assist developers and users who need to work on competing platforms,.

    Any publications that promote or discuss platforms Apple believes are the competition

    I am relieved, thank you Apple for making my decision for eBook reader an easy one. I now know that iPad is a bad choice

  • by EraserMouseMan (847479) on Monday November 29, 2010 @02:08PM (#34376656)
    Market share has nothing to do with the definition of "Monopoly". As defined, a monopoly exists when a specific individual or an enterprise has sufficient control over a particular product or service to determine significantly the terms on which other individuals shall have access to it.
  • by MBGMorden (803437) on Monday November 29, 2010 @02:08PM (#34376662)

    No one is trying to control what you see on your phone, that is your imagination running away with itself.

    Apple is choosing to offer or not offer a product through their own store. I don't see any justification at all for you to force them to do something they don't want to do.

    Seeing as how that store is the only way to install third party applications on your phone (outside of hacks), then "controlling what you see on your phone" is EXACTLY what what is happening here.

    This is just denial at this point. It'd be as if Steve Jobs was personally running around crazy bashing people's toes with a hammer and your response was "lets not get carried away and say that Steve is going to start bashing toes with a hammer". It's flat out refusal to accept reality.

  • by tlhIngan (30335) <<ten.frow> <ta> <todhsals>> on Monday November 29, 2010 @02:15PM (#34376804)

    Or is it merely long standing policy? Haven't apps promoting/offering certain competing products and services been banned from day 1 of app store development? Whether this policy is right or wrong is a different question, but this app rejection does not seem to be any sort of reaction to Android's recent successes.

    Indeed it's longstanding policy.

    App rejected for menioning Android [slashdot.org] in the description (it was an Android Developer Contest finalist). Once that was removed the app got posted.

    Even on the app store guidelines [engadget.com] it mentions:

    "Apps with metadata that mentions the name of any other mobile platform will be rejected." We're guessing this means you can't advertise your app in the App Store by saying it's also available on Android, or has been ported from BlackBerry, or whatever.

    So the question is, how was it approved in the first place?

  • by HappyPsycho (1724746) on Monday November 29, 2010 @02:18PM (#34376872)

    Nope, this is them playing dirty.

    Real desperation is banning the CNET / GSMArena / Consumer reports apps if one of them posts a negative review. Oh wait, they did... http://www.cultofmac.com/apple-censoring-discussion-forums-ref-consumer-reports/50597 [cultofmac.com]

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 29, 2010 @02:25PM (#34376986)

    And in related news ... Ford Cars use only Ford Engines and Parts ... unless you root it.

    It isn't a monopoly, you don't have to buy a iPhone to get a smartphone that does things the iPhone does.

    I think Yamaha, along with anyone else that has half a brain, would find this statement utterly false. Seeing that they built the engine in the original Ford Tauruses...

    Brains 1; Fanbois 0.

    Next?

  • Re:Success (Score:3, Informative)

    by Adm.Wiggin (759767) on Monday November 29, 2010 @02:40PM (#34377174) Journal
    The only thing I could possibly think of is recording a phone call while it's happening without any stupid speakerphone tricks (this is a problem because of the hardware, not the software, for what it's worth), but Android phones are actually better here because those APIs have the possibility of supporting this, if some phone manufacturer decided it's important. iOS? Oh, only one person makes that hardware, so you're SOL.
  • by madmark1 (1946846) on Monday November 29, 2010 @02:41PM (#34377184)
    So a company that produces more than one magazine submits a bunch of apps, and only the one that deals with a competitor to Apple gets rejected... and somehow that means they submitted it just to get rejected? An interesting notion, given that their other apps appear in the App Store, it was only this particular one that got rejected. Sounds like you don't have all the facts.
  • by Infonaut (96956) <infonaut@gmail.com> on Monday November 29, 2010 @03:00PM (#34377448) Homepage Journal

    Mobile app stores: BlackBerry App World, Google Android App Market, Nokia Ovi Store, Palm App Catalog, and Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Android App Market has over 30k apps and is growing rapidly.

    Mobile operating systems: Blackberry, Android, Symbian, Palm, Windows Phone. By some measures Android has already overtaken iOS in marketshare.

    Mobile hardware OEMs: Nokia, LG, Samsung, HTC, RIM, Motorola. Apple is well behind the leaders in global volume of mobile hardware sales.

    So if we're talking about smartphone operating systems, Apple does not have a monopoly. Nor does it have a monopoly in mobile hardware. Finally, it doesn't have a monopoly on mobile application app stores.

    Apple controls on its own app store, in the same way that Amazon controls its online store, or Microsoft controls the XBox Live Marketplace. You can call it a monopoly if you like, but there the fact that Apple decides not to allow some apps in its store does not curtail consumer choice at a level that comes even remotely close to being a monopoly.

  • Re:Success (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 29, 2010 @03:12PM (#34377630)

    Even if it's taken off the store, Android users can still download it from your website without jailbreaking their device.

    Actually that's not true. AT&T Android users cannot install 3rd party apps on their phones.

  • by boorack (1345877) on Monday November 29, 2010 @04:03PM (#34378392)
    IPhone is a huge chunk of their cashflow and their stock is now pumped up to the limits. In order to maintain price of their shares they need constant growth. I suppose they can't afford even a moderate margin loss on iPhone sales and Android has potential to cut quite deeply into their sales.

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