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Aug 22 2009

Apple is improving the App Store approval standard?

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There were so many great apps rejected without solid reason. After the Google Voice is rejected, lots of people feel angry about App Store. Apple needs to do something or otherwise the App Store system will be destroyed.

Star Mobile has developed an app which shows the HOPE image of Obama. Apple rejected it because of ridicules public figures. Suddenly, Apple knows they are stupid wrong. Apple sent an email to the developer saying the app would be okay now. Note the email uses an actual name. It said,

After further investigation, we have decided that Start Mobile Wallpaper Gallery is in compliance with our SDK agreement & PLA. We would like to ask that you resubmit Start Mobile Wallpaper Gallery at your earliest convenience if you would still like this application considered for the App Store. Please let me know once your binary has been uploaded and I will ensure an expedited review.


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It seems Apple knows developers are angry. This is a good start to see the approval standard is changing. It’s never too late to correct mistakes.

[via TechCrunch]

Aug 16 2009

Sony interested in iPhone Developer Program and The App Store

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PocketGamer has reported that the Sony PSPgo is looking into increase their number of developers– making simpler and cheaper games for their PSN. Similar to the App Store.

They want to make the games costs anywhere from $0.99 to $4.99. In addition to Microsoft, even Sony is trying to expand with its “AppStore”, convincing developers to create iPhone-specific applications for the PSP.

The system will not fail an approval process but will be mainly focused on quality control.


Aug 12 2009

Philip Schiller said they know how us feel about the lame App Store approval standard

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The approval standard of App Store apps is “broken”. Some apps are rated as 17+ which is not necessary. Some great apps like Google Voice is rejected because Apple wants to protect the interest of AT&T, probably. Developers feel depressed and they don’t know how to develop apps that could meet Apple’s lame standard. Some have switched to Google Android which is open-source and more easy to deal with.

Thank god. Apple knows and cares about it. Steven Frank, co-founder of Mac-developer Panic, boycotting iPhone because of Google Voice app rejection. He wrote about it on his blog, and Apple reads it. Apple senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing Philip Schiller wrote an email to Steven and said they are working on it.

he said: “we’re listening to your feedback”. Not all of my suggested solutions were viable, he said, but they were taking it all in as they continue to evolve the app store.

Steven feels a little bit surprised about that. But, he will keep on boycotting iPhone unless Apple fix the problem. Apple could probably “destroy” the iPhone. iPhone is great because of the amazing developers making cool apps. If stupid Apple keeps rejecting them, that means iPhone will not have good apps and other users won’t use it anymore.

[via stevenf]

Aug 08 2009

GPush available for download | AppStore

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About a month ago there was talk of GPush, a new and useful application that will notify you of the receipt of new email via Push. From a few hours is available for download and we, therefore, to see how it works and what we offer.

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Operation is extremely simple. We will not have to do is enter our access data and then the server will send the ping all’IMAP Gmail. Only when there are new posts will open a connection to our iPhone and then opens the pop-up notification that contains the address of the sender and subject of the message. In addition, we have many other features such as:

  • Push notifications snapshots;
  • Less consumption of the battery, even with active notifications;
  • Opportunity to see your mails by Lockscreen like text messages;
  • SSL certificates for the security of your personal information


GPush is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch, requires firmware 3.0 or later and is localized in English.

via iSpazio

Aug 07 2009

App Store Cracks Down on Copyright, Ejects 900+ Aggregator Apps, Rejects E-Books

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A couple new and interesting cases of App Store rejection, including the stripping Perfect Acumen and owner, Khalid Shaik, of their developer account, and ejecting their 900+ application already in the store, and the blanket rejection of E-Books — both nebulously tied to copyright infringement or the fear thereof.
Details after the break…

First one comes via MobileCrunch and tells of the aforementioned Khalid Shaik who, using a team of 26 Indian and Pakistani based programmers, turned out a mind-numbing (in more ways than one) 943 apps in the last year. These apps aggregated text or images from the Internet around topics like army news, wrestling news, sexy ladies, etc. and typically sold for $4.99. The only problem, of… 

Jul 28 2009

Apple Rejects Removes all Google Voice Apps for iPhone from iTunes App Store

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Apple has systematically removed and/or rejected all Google Voice apps for the iPhone (and iPod touch) from the iTunes App Store, whether by Google themselves or by third party developers.

Rejection is something we’ve all become very familiar with since the inception Apple’s App Store. However, Apple picking off the two Google Voice applications that were already available in the App Store (GV Mobile and Voicecentral) along with flat out rejecting Google’s official application, is something else.

It all started with Sean Kovacs’ GV Mobile client, which originally became available last week (according to Kovacs after being approved by Apple VP Phil Schiller himself), being yanked from the App Store for allegedly duplicating the iPhone’s calling and text messaging features. When Apple contacted Kovacs, no specifics were given on what needs to be changed to get his app back into the store and Kovacs claims Apple refused to send an e-mail to confirm that GV Mobile was yanked. The following is from Kovacs blog:

Richard Chipman from Apple just called – he told me they’re removing GV Mobile from the App Store due to it duplicating features that the iPhone comes with (Dialer, SMS, etc). He didn’t actually specify which features, although I assume the whole app in general. He wouldn’t send a confirmation email either – too scared I would post it. I’ll see what I can do to get it back up there gang…

Voicecentral has since also disappeared from existence within the App Store. They have been less vocal as there is not a single mention of the disappearance on their website.

Is this Apple’s doing or more of a carrier-forced rejection? TiPb thinks the carriers are pulling Apple’s rejection strings on this one as Google Voice has the potential to hit the carriers where it hurts – free SMS messages, cheaper phone calls, etc…

What do you readers think about these rejections?

[Via AppleInsider]