Apple Bans the Word 'Android' From App Store

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  1. Eminemdrdre00 macrumors 6502a

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    Tim Novikoff, the developer of the Flash of Genius app, says he tried to submit his program to the App Store with a mention of its success in Google's Android Developer Challenge. The Developer Challenge is an annual contest that seeks to honor the most innovative and useful new mobile apps.

    While Apple didn't reject the app, they implied that it would not be accepted into the AppStore until he removed the word "Android" from his apps description.

    Pretty pathetic on the part of Apple, read the full story here:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/188696/apple_bans_the_word_android_from_app_store.html/
     
  2. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    Change your apps description. Not that big of a deal.

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  4. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    I would have to agree. This is just a dick move.
     
  5. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    I don't see the childishness in not wanting to promote a competitor. This isn't the Android App store. It's the iPhone App store.

    This is the compromise you make for developing for a homogenous platform with an established user base. Don't like it? Don't develop for the iPhone. Good luck on the Android marketplace. Clearly if the developer were rollin' in the exposure and userbase there, he wouldn't have a burning need to try and port it over.
     
  6. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    True, but going over and forcing devs to take out the word android is stupid, specially if your app is a game called "Android attack!" Note: That was a made up name, but an app like that could well exist....
     
  7. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Can we ban the word Android on MR? Better yet, iPad?
     
  8. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    What business is going to sell a product listed as endorsed by a competitor? Do you think you'd see a product that said "#1 in sales at Wal-Mart!" on it at Target? Not likely.
     
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  10. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    A 5 second search on iTunes shows many 'Android' items, including podcasts about what's new this week in the Android OS :cool:

    Taking a further 5 seconds to restrict the search to apps only shows you several apps with 'Android' in their titles. All appear to be unbanned so far.

    Next please, and stop shooting your mouth off.
     
  11. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    OP reported something that is well known to many. Just ask Gizmodo, they reported it days ago.... obviously it isn't something overnight.
     
  12. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Grrrr.

    This is one problem with only having a single store. Especially one owned by a company that's infamous for its 1984 style control of information.

    People here often say that the way around being a small fish in the huge App Store pond, is to advertise.

    So in this case, as with any other developer on any other phone, this fellow tried to list his accomplishments and his application's rewards. It's a natural (and necessary) way to gain deserved attention among thousands of apps.

    If he had said "National Game Award Winner", do you think Apple would've censored it?

    The ironic thing is that I see lots of magazine articles about Apple apps being ported to Android. This is, of course, seen as a good thing for Android. You would think that going the other way would be seen as good for Apple.
     
  13. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    No, RedTomato is correct. The title of this thread is misleading.

    The current title is "Apple Bans the Word 'Android' From App Store" which, as RedTomato has shown, is not what's happening.

    A more accurate title would be "Apple Bans reference to the Android platform From App Store."
     
  14. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    True. Now that brings up a question: is it only the Android platform reference that's banned (because of Apple's current war with Google), or only mobile phone OS's or any other OS at all?

    For example, aren't there any games that say "now the popular (XBox, PSP, DS, whatever) game is available for the iPhone!" ??

    Are there any apps that mention origins with Palm or Symbian or WM or RIM? Like cross platform apps such as Slingplayer? (Certainly this fact is pointed out on Slingmedia's website.) Or apps that interface with MS Windows like Citrix? Or that came from Linux boxes first?
     
  15. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Which begs the question, what about other mobile OS platforms?
     
  16. Rooftop voter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not so sure it's so much promoting a competitor as it is referancing how an app did. So what if it's on a competitors device? What's it to apple how it did on android? The iPhone is now getting it. It would be like a game maker saying something like "The best selling game for Xbox is now on the playstation". Shouldn't that be a good thing for the PS as now they are getting something that people liked?
     
  17. thecoolone1 macrumors regular

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    In all honestly, this has nothing to do with being a "competitor" with one another. The simple fact is, Apple acts like a bunch of babies when it comes to situations like this, nothing else to say...
     
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    not really
     

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