Chomp Compatibility for Android Pulled By Apple
In early 2012, rumors before an eventual confirmation surfaced that Apple had acquired discovery app Chomp to help bring about search improvements to the App Store.
Not surprisingly, Apple now wants to keep the gem that is Chomp all to itself.
Since February, when Apple bought Chomp for an estimated $50 million, little changed with the popular mobile and web app. Chomp still used a nifty little algorithm to sift, sort, and organize apps in order to recommend them to users based on what the mobile device owner was looking for.
Business as usual, however, has officially ended. According to published reports Friday, Chomp no longer serves up suggestions for iOS and Android apps. Apple has effectively cut off Chomp's Android feature.
Although this development will likely irk Android users, Apple is simply using its resources to best serve the iOS platform. And, without question, Chomp can be immensely valuable in removing some of the barriers to discovery that countless developers and app junkies have long complained about.