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  • Apple Outlaws 'Android' from The App Store


    Apple has finally gone and done it. They've laid down the law. Really. Never again will the word "Android" be permitted within the hallowed digital walls of the App Store.

    Hey, at least this time Apple is actually being up front and perfectly clear about what's rubbing them the wrong way. Usually we're left left guessing why a particular app is rejected or ignored for months on end in "application purgatory."

    But thanks to the hard-learned lesson from Tim Novikof, the genius behind the "Flash of Genius" app, now developers everywhere know not to use the word Android - not in the app's title and not in the app's description. From the looks of it, just thinking of the word "Android" could prevent an app from gaining approval.

    Apparently "Android" is a four-letter word in Cupertino.
    In case you're wondering, Novikof simply submitted his app to Apple with an innocuous reference to how well it fared in Google's Android Developer Challenge. But Apple wasn't having any of it. Indeed, they mean business this time. And although it's no secret that Google is a competitor more than an immediate threat to Cupertino's titans of technology, Apple is plainly eager to implement the old "out of sight, out of mind" strategy for its App Store. And, as a result, don't expect to see any references to "Android" ever again.

    Ever.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Outlaws 'Android' from The App Store started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. Krak4211's Avatar
      Krak4211 -
      You should look at the new idroid icon in the appstore!! Its an android holding a iphone!! Props to the dev!!
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Krak4211 View Post
      You should look at the new idroid icon in the appstore!! Its an android holding a iphone!! Props to the dev!!
      yeah it's pretty hilarious. it's crazy good advertising for android

      Quote Originally Posted by Amraam View Post
      ...because I never said I prefer android. Doesn't matter whether it's android or windows or whatever. It's just the fact that this stunt really crosses the line - Apple must be feeling some pressure finally.
      it took nearly 4 years, but FINALLY apple has to do something new. besides adding in stale features.

      Quote Originally Posted by adrian1480 View Post
      and soon it will have Flash.

      we'll see what happens.
      yeah dude. my friend has a palm pre. he's getting web OS 1.4 pretty soon. and guess what? FLASH SUPPORT, OH SHEEEYIT
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      It would happen...it's inevitable.
    1. aperry's Avatar
      aperry -
      I love it. With each day that goes by, Apple becomes a little bit more like Microsoft.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by adrian1480 View Post
      interesting commentary. in reality, however, my brother "traded up" to a Droid.

      honestly? after playing around with it for a bit and getting used to the different interface? the only thing the iPhone does better is media playback. the Droid's screen is an order of magnitude better (seriously. go to a Verizon store and look at it), the apps are the same (most apps are now being built to run on both platforms), the camera is significantly better and the camera flash is actually useful, it does video out of the box, it has a real keyboard in addition to the virtual one, has built-in haptic vibration, it does multitasking, & custom screens (no extra Cydia fees or jailbreaking necessary), and soon it will have Flash. Oh, and it's usefulness and flexibility is not legislated by Apple. Oh, and its network doesn't drop calls daily.

      then again, considering I only spent a limited amount of time with the phone, my opinion on media playback might change too if I had prolonged exposure to the phone.

      I don't know about you, but the only reason I didn't already switch is because my company pays for this phone and I'm not interested in the early termination fee. If Apple's next revision isn't extraordinarily impressive, I'm gone. that Droid is a helluva piece of tech.

      we'll see what happens.
      Yeah playing with one and actually using one is a big difference! New phones always look fun and exciting cause it's something "new". I bought two different phones running Android just to see how they compare (Moto Cliq & MyTouch 3G SFE) and it's not the same. The App Market for Android doesn't even compare to the App Store, they don't have anywhere near the amount of apps or useful one's, the touch screens aren't very responsive, they lag. Browsing on the Android is not as simple and responsive as the iPhone, i.e. pinch and zoom and double tap, as well as scrolling. The standard memory for the phone is crappy, sure you can extend it with a micro sd but then you have issues with transferring and storing. Most Android phone's only have a certain amount of home screens and if you want more then you pay for an app to add them in, but even then the app gets glitchy and closes down. Like you mentioned the video playback is not the best, and it really isn't, and the keyboard just plain sucks, the auto correct is the worst. The iPhone keyboard is so much better and the auto correct actually works on it. There's just sooo many little things that the Android OS doesn't have or if it does it isn't very good. So like I said in my previous post it really comes down to personal preference like a better camera, better multi-tasking, and possible flash support in the future..then go get an Android phone. In the meantime you have an iPhone, no one wants to hear ppl complain over and over about how crappy they think their phone is..it's annoying. And if you can't do anything about it then just be happy with what you have.

      Edit- I'm not trying to bash Android or anything, I'm simply pointing out my personal dislikes about it. There are positives to the OS, I like using it cause I actually get to use my networks 3G (T-Mobile). My thing is with the ppl sitting here complaining about their phone. It's not that hard to get a new one if you really don't like yours, especially since iPhone's can be sold for quite a bit of money unlocked in used condition.
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Haha apple
    1. DMT's Avatar
      DMT -
      lol at apple....
    1. PAKIS-RULEZ's Avatar
      PAKIS-RULEZ -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Yeah you've played around with one, big deal! New phones always look fun and exciting cause it's something "new". I bought two different phones running Android just to see how they compare (Moto Cliq & MyTouch 3G SFE) and it's not the same. The App Market for Android doesn't even compare to the App Store, they don't have anywhere near the amount of apps or useful one's, the touch screens aren't very responsive, they lag. Browsing on the Android is not as simple and responsive as the iPhone, i.e. pinch and zoom and double tap, as well as scrolling. The standard memory for the phone is crappy, sure you can extend it with a micro sd but then you have issues with transferring and storing. Most Android phone's only have a certain amount of home screens and if you want more then you pay for an app to add them in, but even then the app gets glitchy and closes down. Like you mentioned the video playback is not the best, and it really isn't, and the keyboard just plain sucks, the auto correct is the worst. The iPhone keyboard is so much better and the auto correct actually works on it. There's just sooo many little things that the Android OS doesn't have or if it does it isn't very good. So like I said in my previous post it really comes down to personal preference like a better camera, better multi-tasking, and possible flash support in the future..then go get an Android phone. In the meantime you have an iPhone, no one wants to hear ppl complain over and over about how crappy they think their phone is..it's annoying. And if you can't do anything about it then just be happy with what you have.


      lolzz funny talks going on.... I hated apple from beginning. its for lame people who ever uses mac osx! its a fact just google it and u will find it.

      1. the only thing apple made better was the itouch ipods and mp3 players and iphone is just a modified version of itouch.

      the only reason Iphone is going good is b/c its based on the apps.. other then that there r way better phones both in quality and hardware and cpu power wise.... just a sample... so please don't be a big mac daddy... we all know where apple stands...

      just give 1 to 2 years and android will be kicking ***.


      This was posted on apple site on June 22 2009... just for you to calculate when was iphone release!
      it took time for them to go to that # same goes for google....



      source: Apple Sells Over One Million iPhone 3GS Models
      "iPhone 3GS customers get access to more than 50,000 applications from Apple’s revolutionary App Store"

      "The first Android phone was released on 22 October 2008"

      if ur math is good calculate when iphone was release and android was release and calculate how fast google got the apps in their app store...

      souece:Nexus One vs. iPhone 3GS

      Feature / Specificiation
      Google Phone: Nexus One
      iPhone 3GS
      Winner

      Operating System
      Android 2.1
      iPhone OS 3.1.2
      -Tie-

      Dimensions
      Thinner than iPhone
      115.5 x 62 x 12.3 mm
      Nexus One

      Cellular
      GSM (& CDMA possibility) 3G Triband, WiFi, Bluetooth
      GSM 3G Triband, WiFi, Bluetooth
      -Tie-

      Processor and RAM
      Qualcomm QSD 8250 Snapdragon 1Ghz Processor, 512MB RAM
      ARM CortexA8 600Mhz,
      256 MB RAM
      Nexus One

      Graphics / Gaming Hardware Potential
      OpenGL ES 2.0.

      Snapdragon has a onboard graphics that Qualcomm claims to produce 22
      Million triangles per second
      PowerVR SGX running at 200Mhz clock, Hardware accelerated OpenGL ES 2.0.

      7 Million triangles per second
      Nexus One

      Battery
      1400mAh*
      1219mAh
      Nexus One

      Display
      3.7” OLED Capacitive (Higher Resolution 800 x 480 ~ HTC HD2)
      3.5” LCD Capacitive

      (320480)
      Nexus One

      Multitasking
      Yes
      No. Only
      via Jailbreaking [Multifl0w]
      Nexus One

      Multitouch
      Hardware: Yes, Software: No
      Yes
      iPhone 3GS

      GPS
      AGPS+ Dedicated. Google Maps
      Navigation (Most superior in the industry)
      AGPS+ Dedicated. Google
      Maps + 3rd party
      Nexus One

      App Store
      10,000+ apps
      1,00,000+ Apps
      iPhone 3GS

      Cloud Sync
      Google Apps
      Mobile Me
      N/A

      Sensors & Misc.
      Accelerometer, Ambi-light sensor, Proximity sensor, Noise Canceller (Not Proven).
      Accelerometer, Ambi-light sensor, Proximity sensor
      -Tie-

      Camera
      5 Megapixel with Flash, No HD Video recording 720480 pixels at 20fps
      3 Megapixel, Tap to focus, Video: VGA quality 30fps 640480
      Nexus one

      Data Sync
      Only Contacts, Emails. (3rd party apps like Missing sync for
      Android)
      More Flexible sync with iTunes
      iPhone 3GS

      Ease of Use/ User Interface
      Android Getting
      better Over time
      Proven Edge over others
      iPhone 3GS
    1. JA.3's Avatar
      JA.3 -
      ^iPhones were released before iTouch..
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      iDroid Mini Browser is still up though....
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PAKIS-RULEZ View Post
      lolzz funny talks going on.... I hated apple from beginning. its for lame people who ever uses mac osx! its a fact just google it and u will find it.

      1. the only thing apple made better was the itouch ipods and mp3 players and iphone is just a modified version of itouch.

      the only reason Iphone is going good is b/c its based on the apps.. other then that there r way better phones both in quality and hardware and cpu power wise.... just a sample... so please don't be a big mac daddy... we all know where apple stands...

      just give 1 to 2 years and android will be kicking ***.


      This was posted on apple site on June 22 2009... just for you to calculate when was iphone release!
      it took time for them to go to that # same goes for google....



      source: Apple Sells Over One Million iPhone 3GS Models
      "iPhone 3GS customers get access to more than 50,000 applications from Apple’s revolutionary App Store"

      "The first Android phone was released on 22 October 2008"

      if ur math is good calculate when iphone was release and android was release and calculate how fast google got the apps in their app store...

      souece:Nexus One vs. iPhone 3GS

      Feature / Specificiation
      Google Phone: Nexus One
      iPhone 3GS
      Winner

      Operating System
      Android 2.1
      iPhone OS 3.1.2
      -Tie-

      Dimensions
      Thinner than iPhone
      115.5 x 62 x 12.3 mm
      Nexus One

      Cellular
      GSM (& CDMA possibility) 3G Triband, WiFi, Bluetooth
      GSM 3G Triband, WiFi, Bluetooth
      -Tie-

      Processor and RAM
      Qualcomm QSD 8250 Snapdragon 1Ghz Processor, 512MB RAM
      ARM CortexA8 600Mhz,
      256 MB RAM
      Nexus One

      Graphics / Gaming Hardware Potential
      OpenGL ES 2.0.

      Snapdragon has a onboard graphics that Qualcomm claims to produce 22
      Million triangles per second
      PowerVR SGX running at 200Mhz clock, Hardware accelerated OpenGL ES 2.0.

      7 Million triangles per second
      Nexus One

      Battery
      1400mAh*
      1219mAh
      Nexus One

      Display
      3.7” OLED Capacitive (Higher Resolution 800 x 480 ~ HTC HD2)
      3.5” LCD Capacitive

      (320480)
      Nexus One

      Multitasking
      Yes
      No. Only
      via Jailbreaking [Multifl0w]
      Nexus One

      Multitouch
      Hardware: Yes, Software: No
      Yes
      iPhone 3GS

      GPS
      AGPS+ Dedicated. Google Maps
      Navigation (Most superior in the industry)
      AGPS+ Dedicated. Google
      Maps + 3rd party
      Nexus One

      App Store
      10,000+ apps
      1,00,000+ Apps
      iPhone 3GS

      Cloud Sync
      Google Apps
      Mobile Me
      N/A

      Sensors & Misc.
      Accelerometer, Ambi-light sensor, Proximity sensor, Noise Canceller (Not Proven).
      Accelerometer, Ambi-light sensor, Proximity sensor
      -Tie-

      Camera
      5 Megapixel with Flash, No HD Video recording 720480 pixels at 20fps
      3 Megapixel, Tap to focus, Video: VGA quality 30fps 640480
      Nexus one

      Data Sync
      Only Contacts, Emails. (3rd party apps like Missing sync for
      Android)
      More Flexible sync with iTunes
      iPhone 3GS

      Ease of Use/ User Interface
      Android Getting
      better Over time
      Proven Edge over others
      iPhone 3GS
      Lol! Who cares? You literally just put up all that stuff for nothing, if I hated Android so much then I wouldn't have a phone running it...but I do. Like I said in my post it comes down to personal preference. We'll just have to see how the numbers compare when the iPhone 4G comes out!
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      Well, I sold my iphone today and purchased a Liquid, F**K APPLE. They are locking things down to much for my liking now and this little stunt is just pure stupidity.

      Goodbye Apple products.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPhone3G[S] View Post
      Well, I sold my iphone today and purchased a Liquid, F**K APPLE. They are locking things down to much for my liking now and this little stunt is just pure stupidity.

      Goodbye Apple products.
      Sweet! One less complainer...
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      How can you "outlaw" the word Android or references to the Android from the App Store
      What about Windows Mobile, Symbian, webOS, will they be outlawed to??
      However good Android is, it'll never surpass the iPhone OS. I don't see why Apple see Google as a threat.
    1. evolasme's Avatar
      evolasme -
      Idroid is no longer free.. at least not in germany... .70c on itunes here
    1. yahoowizard's Avatar
      yahoowizard -
      Cydia ftw?
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      However good Android is, it'll never surpass the iPhone OS. I don't see why Apple see Google as a threat.
      It already has, I can download and install anything I want without having to wait for the Dev Team or the egohot to release something that will be blocked three months later.

      The rooting process on Android is always the same.

      Apple does everything they can to prevent us from doing what we want with something we own. Thats like telling me I cant work on my car. Thats bull sh*t.

      If they use the A4 chip in the new iphone, add oled, 5mp camera, 64GB, multi tasking, etc... that would make them catch up to what I have in my hand right now running android.

      They may have paved the way, but they are going to fall behind if they are planning on adding what everyone else already has and calling it a day.
    1. pbateman420's Avatar
      pbateman420 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      How can you "outlaw" the word Android or references to the Android from the App Store
      What about Windows Mobile, Symbian, webOS, will they be outlawed to??
      However good Android is, it'll never surpass the iPhone OS. I don't see why Apple see Google as a threat.

      The point is... It IS better... lol... Apple wins because of the "cool factor" that the iPhone has.. dont get me wrong, i love my 3G.. But after using an Android HTC phone for awhile.. it is way better designed with much better support.. everything just seems to work better and faster.. more wifi range, better BT support etc..

      Pretty soon.. Android will overtake Apple in the phone market unless they pull something out of their hat... an oversized itouch isnt going to cut it imo.. I have ZERO interest in this iPad.. its a big iphone, same software.. already have one Apple!!!

      either is simply adding a better camera to the same design and calling it iPhone 4G.. people will get bored of said "cool factor" and will go with what works better..

      Apple is right to be worried.. although these tactics they are using is only working against them..

      and fyi... yes iDroid mini browser is still in the App store.. the Canadian app store at least... but clicking on it opens Safari to apples legal page.. lol..

      thankfully the ipa is on the net anyways.. screw apple.. haha
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      I love my iPhone, but I'll admit it's my first smartphone (as is most likely the same with a lot of you). It's like when you first lost your virginity, you'll always gonna remember it as something great... Until someone hotter rolls by.

      If the iPhone 4G doesn't catch up and surpass other smartphones on the market... I may be breaking up with my iPhone.

      With that being said, I'm slightly disturbed by this word-ban. That's like banning DirecTV commercials on Comcast. Apple is showing fear and immaturity with this.

      However, it's important for the iPhone to maintain it's identity AWAY from Andriod. Having apps that simulate Android features or styles can potential cause issues for product identification. They shouldn't ban the word "Android", but reject apps on a case-by-case basis utilizing an "Android" filter.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      well all right