It's said that if your rivals complain about you, it's a sign you're doing something right. So Amazon will no doubt be encouraged by Apple's assertion that the Amazon Appstore is “inferior”
It's all to do with the ongoing struggle over the “App Store” trademark and whether Apple should be granted proprietary ownership of the term.
Amazon and Microsoft have objected to Apple's application with the US Patent and Trademark Office, claiming that the term “app store” is too generic to be registered.
Apple, for its part, has specifically gone after Amazon to bar the online retailer from using the Appstore name. And its latest filing aims to add insult to injury in its clarification of just what Apple is objecting to.
“Amazon mischaracterises Apple’s tarnishment claim. Apple has not asserted that the Android operating system is inferior. Rather, Apple has asserted that Amazon’s service is inferior and will tarnish Apple’s mark,” Apple claimed last week.
“Among other things, Amazon is making software available that bypasses security safeguards on Android, thereby increasing the potential harm of viruses and malware to customers’ Android devices.”
Apple then took aim at the Android Market too, noting that “non-rooted Android-based devices have experienced significant security breaches. Last week, moreover, Google announced another 30 Android-based software applications were infected by malware.”
So there you go – Amazon's Appstore is inferior and Google's is unsafe.