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  • Apple Rejects Android-centric App for the App Store



    Danish firm Mediaprovider has announced that its new app - a digital magazine presentation of all things Android - has been rejected for inclusion in the App Store by the people at Apple. It's a peculiar development, especially since Apple hasn't enforced a blanket policy effectively banishing all competing brands, operating systems, and smartphone makers from acknowledgment in the App Store. For example, "Androidworld Reader" - an Android news application - has been available since April of this year.

    Incredibly, however, Brian Dixen of Mediaprovider says his rejected app - Android Magasinet - was shot down primarily because it focuses exclusively on Android content. In the past, Dixen hasn't encountered any barricade to the App Store, especially with his other approved creations - like iPhone Magasinet, which similarly deals with news and content exclusively about the iPhone. Understandably, Dixen appears to feel that Apple is being overtly hypocritical yet again in deciding which apps make the cut and which don't.

    "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," says Dixen, who didn't reveal the specifics of his Apple rejection letter, but evaluates the decision to be one made in light of the app's exclusive focus on one of Apple's biggest competitors.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Rejects Android-centric App for the App Store started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. mapsurfer's Avatar
      mapsurfer -
      The McDonald's/KFC is not a good analogy for app store because they sell 300K apps from *many* different vendors.. more like grocery store, or walmart who chooses not to allow the sale of brand x. Bad business
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      im sure he didnt get rejected just because it was android love to hear apples response
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      If you keep the masses ignorant you can lead them around like sheep.
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      There have been some good points made. But honestly, I think Apple sees Android as a bigger threat then jailbreaking. At least with jailbreaking you're still using Apple products.
    1. supr2nr's Avatar
      supr2nr -
      Would it not have been smarter on Apple's part to have avoided this negative press by simply delaying the release of the app to the app store and privately converse with the developer and ask them if they allow one to two ads in their app they would allow the app to the store? The old saying is true, if you can't beat them, join them.

      I hate to say it but denying an app strictly because it competes with a product of yours is poor business. Competition is very healthy in business.
    1. ReggieSmith's Avatar
      ReggieSmith -
      This is silly. I think the analogy about mcdonalds & kfc is spot on. An ap that features news solely about a competing platform has no business in the app store. Why would you want to read about the greatness of android FROM your iPhone or iPad? Really people. What sense does that make?
    1. zachthecat's Avatar
      zachthecat -
      Quote Originally Posted by ReggieSmith View Post
      This is silly. I think the analogy about mcdonalds & kfc is spot on. An ap that features news solely about a competing platform has no business in the app store. Why would you want to read about the greatness of android FROM your iPhone or iPad? Really people. What sense does that make?
      No, the kfc and mcdonalds analogy is not spot on.

      The Appstore is more like a "grocery" store like a previous poster said to me. What if a grocery store banned a food item because the owner simply didn't like it? And it was a large seller that had the power to make the food's company crumble. (Yes, this does happen. Remember Rubbermaid?)


      Those who would read about android updates on their iPhone, well I would be one of those people. I like to read what is the latest and greatest, if Android had a new release that was pretty cool, I would want to read about it.
      However, not just people like me. But, cross-platform developers would too most likely.


      There are uses to the app. People just fail to realize it because they sit in the stubborn "iPhone is awesome, android is ***" thought.
    1. nyczwillz's Avatar
      nyczwillz -
      sissies!