AppGratis removal hints at wider App Store cull

AppGratis removal hints at wider App Store cullAppGratis was somewhat confusingly removed from Apple’s App Store last Friday, just a week after the iPad version was approved. What the…?

Now there are suggestions that the move might be part of an imminent major App Store clampdown, with stricter enforcement from Apple.

A whopping 12 million people had downloaded the AppGratis app before Friday, and it’ll continue to function alongside the website and newsletter.

However, AppGratis has been removed for violating clauses 2.25 and 5.6 of Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines, the former forbidding apps that promote other developers’ apps, and the latter prohibiting marketing messages via push notifications.

There are a number of other apps that blatantly violate one or both of those rules, but their time might be up soon.

AllThingsD credits “Sources familiar with Apple’s thinking” when it suggests that there might be a major clampdown soon, as Apple “feels that these apps threaten the legitimacy of the App Store charts by providing a way for developers to spend their way to a high ranking”.

There are also supposedly concerns, on Apple’s part, about “alternative storefronts” and “clutter”.

The news comes in the same week that we learned nearly 60,000 apps were removed from Google Play in February, but while Googs adopts retroactive approval, Apple will typically be removing apps it had previously given the thumbs-up to.

You can read the AppGratis take on things over on the AppGratis blog. Interesting read.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 11, 2013 at 22:33

I can well live without apps like that. Not defending Apple's arbirary enforcement here, but c'mon... push notifications for rubbish? Nah.
No offence, but they are the kind of apps designed by people who have no original thoughts.
So hey, lets get a cut from other people's labour and pretend we're all for free stuff. No matter how intrusive and useless.
There. Rant out.

Stelph  Apr. 12, 2013 at 12:28

Adding to this story apparently France has asked the EU to examine this as they feel Apple violated their developer guidelines

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/11/france-asks-eu-to-examine-apples-removal-of-appgratis-from-the-app-store/

Not sure how France got involved?

EDIT: Ahhhhhh AppGratis is a Frnch company, that makes sense

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 12, 2013 at 13:01

hahaha

an1  Apr. 13, 2013 at 03:05

No offence, but they are the kind of apps designed by people who have no original thoughts.
So hey, lets get a cut from other people's labour and pretend we're all for free stuff. No matter how intrusive and useless.
There. Rant out.

You mean like that other app called app store?! Or Google Play store.

Apple are happy enough for iPhones to be sold in Argos as well as their Apple stores, but when it comes to selling software on the phone....

Will Google cull the Amazon app store from Android?

Stelph  Apr. 13, 2013 at 07:15

No offence, but they are the kind of apps designed by people who have no original thoughts.
So hey, lets get a cut from other people's labour and pretend we're all for free stuff. No matter how intrusive and useless.
There. Rant out.

You mean like that other app called app store?! Or Google Play store.

Apple are happy enough for iPhones to be sold in Argos as well as their Apple stores, but when it comes to selling software on the phone....

Will Google cull the Amazon app store from Android?


An1 has a point Jan, how is that app any different from, say, Lewis' posts on this site that review apps? Both select apps to review and present to the wider public to bring them to their attention, it's just the company behind the app has set up a company to collect sponsorship/agreements from app developments to gain a monetary gain from doing so and use their app as a "shop front", you could argue they could continue just as a website doing the same thing and there woUld be no issue but why shouldn't they be allowed to have an app to make it easier for people to follow them?

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