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Google Suspended our App and Threatened to Delete all our Google Accounts Over Nothing : androiddev
I post a proposed solution to the problem of arbitrary banning of apps from app stores.
mypostings  appstore  via:reddit 
8 weeks ago by mcherm
Google Terminated My 5 Years Old AdMob Account - Venkatramanan Ramasubramanian - Medium
Another developer who spent years developing on Google's platform and was eliminated in an instant with no explanation and no (real) chance to appeal.
google  appstore  via:reddit 
december 2019 by mcherm
osxfuse is no longer open source - Colin Atkinson's Blog
The problem of a maintainer taking a formerly open source project and making it proprietary is exacerbated by the fact that it can't be forked because it can only be run by someone who has a signing certificate from Apple.
opensource  apple  via:HackerNews  appstore 
december 2019 by mcherm
Google Just Terminated My Google Play Publisher Account In One Hour After 10 Years Of Loyal Service
Apps he had written years ago violated a brand new policy. He received a series of warning emails in the middle of the night, and less than an hour later his account was permanently closed. Of course all appeals were rejected.
appstore  google  evil  via:reddit 
november 2019 by mcherm
Apple has copied some of the most popular apps in the App Store for its iPhone, iPad and other software updates - The Washington Post
I understand the app developers are losing income when Apple adds similar features to the OS, but I'm not so sure there's anything wrong with it.
appstore  via:HackerNews 
september 2019 by mcherm
Delisted Overnight: A Cautionary Tale for Indie iOS Developers | Hacker News
In the discussion it appears that suddenly use of the word "tracker" in the subtitle of the app gives a major penalty. Or something like that.
appstore  apple  via:HackerNews 
may 2019 by mcherm
Google, Apple Called Out For Hosting Saudi Government App That Allows Men To Track Their Spouses' Movements | Techdirt
Interesting point. The Saudi government has sponsored building an app to allow men to track and control where the women they own are allowed to travel (yeah, that's overstating it). Why should app stores host this?
sexism  law  appstore  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
february 2019 by mcherm
Google wrongly terminated our new business via our Google Play Developer Account
Google's App Store killed my company because of an unappealable "association" with some other individual and a complete inability to communicate with them.
appstore  google  customerservice  via:HackerNews 
february 2019 by mcherm
Apple revokes Facebook’s developer certificate over data-snooping app—Google could be next | Ars Technica
Facebook was using Apple's certificate for distributing beta copies to internal company users in order to distribute (to end customers) an app that spied on them. Apple cut off their cert for misuse. Google may have used their cert similarly, but they immediately apologized and ceased the usage. Tightly controlled appstore - can it protect your privacy?
appstore  apple  facebook  google  privacy  security  ios 
january 2019 by mcherm
Google just terminated our start-up Google Play Publisher Account on Christmas day
5-person development company terminated for no reason by a bot without any recourse to contact a human.
appstore  google  customerservice  via:reddit 
december 2018 by mcherm
My App Is Dead in the Water – Matt Stanford – Medium
Apple reviewed his hacker news client and said it was displaying information from the stories, so it was in violation of the rules.
appstore  via:HackerNews 
november 2018 by mcherm
Fortnite reaches 15 million Android downloads without Google Play | Ars Technica
One game developer attempts to bypass the 30% cut that Google's app store takes. (Apple's app store can't be bypassed.)
appstore  google  mobile  mobiledevelopment  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
september 2018 by mcherm
I built a PWA and published it in 3 app stores. Here’s what I learned. – Debugger.Break()
It was much harder to publish an app into Apple's app store than Google's or Microsoft's.
appstore  apple  via:HackerNews 
april 2018 by mcherm
Apple’s App Store Guidelines Now Allow Executable Code in Educational Apps and Developer Tools – MacStories
Apple still keeps their stranglehold on arbitrary execution on iOS, but they will now pretend to allow a few educational apps.
appstore  apple  via:HackerNews 
june 2017 by mcherm
Why we are suing Apple for better HTML5 support in iOS?
This company is suing Apple over their closed garden approach to iOS, using a French law. I certainly with Apple would change their approach, but I do NOT like this sort of law nor do I think it is an appropriate way to regulate Apple's policies.
appstore  apple  law  via:HackerNews 
october 2016 by mcherm
Why I hate iOS as a developer – Medium
Can't test on old OS versions, can't run without Apple's permission, the only allowed browser has problems, etc.
apple  appstore  via:reddit  programming 
october 2016 by mcherm
How Google obliterated my 4 year old Chrome extension featuring 24k+ users
I agree with the authors conclusion. Anyone running an app store needs to provide some kind of direct to a human communication, even if only through paid support.
appstore  google  via:reddit 
september 2016 by mcherm
Apple says game about Palestinian child isn’t a game | Ars Technica
Apple rejects the game because it addresses the plight of the Palestinians, but there are other games that fit. It's all too arbitrary.
apple  appstore  politics  via:boingboing  ArsTechnica 
may 2016 by mcherm
Apple has pulled Narwhal, Antenna and other Reddit Applications from the app store due to "NSFW" content. However - the official app has not been pulled. : technology
When Reddit wrote an iPhone app, Apple removed all other Reddit apps they could find. Reason may have been that they contained a setting to hide NSFW content.
reddit  apple  appstore  censorship  via:reddit 
april 2016 by mcherm
Why I switched to Android after 7 years of iOS
Apple's walled-garden is really beginning to chafe for this author, who would rather be building powerful web apps. And making them look EXACTLY like a native app.
android  webdevelopment  mobile  ios  appstore  apple  via:HackerNews 
march 2016 by mcherm
Apple Rejects Game Based On Bible Story Due To Content Including Violence Against Children | Techdirt
Apple is now rejecting bible stories (when they're animated) because they contain violence against children.
apple  appstore  censorship  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
february 2016 by mcherm
My app was rejected from Google Play because of Intellectual Property infringement but I actually talked to a PERSON at Google about it and got it back! : Android
His app was rejected from the Google App Store for a really stupid reason but in the end he got a human to review it and it was fixed.
appstore  google  via:reddit 
september 2015 by mcherm
If dishwashers were iPhones | Technology | The Guardian
Satire by Cory Doctorow: what if dishwashers required licenses for plates to be used in them?
appstore  drm  CoryDoctorow  via:boingboing 
february 2015 by mcherm
Just had my app which I have been working on for the last 6 months suspended WHILE IN APLPHA (not published) and FOR NO REASON. : androiddev
Another example of Google's app store failing. Blocking things without saying why and then refusing to communicate is a bad practice.
appstore  google  evil 
january 2015 by mcherm
At Apple’s request, we removed the ability to “Send” files to other services
Apple says "can't upload files to apple's cloud drive". Also can't upload JUST to other cloud drives because the APIs don't allow it. So now their app can't upload files at all. This is what is wrong with Apple's review process.
appstore  apple  evil 
december 2014 by mcherm
This is how Google kills your app — Medium
The unwillingness to communicate is Google's failing here.
google  appstore  via:reddit 
october 2014 by mcherm
Banned for Life — Medium
Developer of Google apps got a warning on one of his apps. He asked what was wrong with it and got no answer. Later another was closed down also. Then Google closed his account and banned him for life from many of their services.
google  appstore  via:reddit 
march 2014 by mcherm
How in-app review mechanics pushed Flappy Bird to the top of the charts | GamesBeat | Games | by Michael Silverwood/Tandem Capital
"Flappy Bird" may have gotten its start by putting the "rate" button right where the user would be clicking in order to pay, thus getting many, many ratings. Later they removed this. I don't know if this is true, but we DO need better ways to locate content in app stores.
evil  appstore 
february 2014 by mcherm
Twitter is forcing us to drop users ability to flattr creators by favoriting their tweets
Another case of corporate policies getting in the way of innovation. In this case, it's not an App Store policy, it's twitter's policy on the use of their API which is prohibiting flattr from letting users donate money via tweets.
twitter  flattr  via:HackerNews  appstore  blogworthy 
april 2013 by mcherm
Dear Apple: I give up, WireframeApp will become open source — Eduardo Mourão
After months of waiting, he gives up and just releases his software as open source. Because he can't get it into Apple's App Store.
apple  appstore 
february 2013 by mcherm
My app is getting 1-star ratings from another dev : Android
The sordid tale of a scummy app developer who opened 20+ google accounts so he could give his app 5* ratings and give every competing app 1* ratings. Also my post to Google saying that they need customer service.
google  appstore  android  via:reddit  mypostings  blogworthy 
january 2013 by mcherm
The Missing Bit: Windows 8 Doesn’t Want Your App. Try Again Later
Okay, if EVERYONE can't seem to get curated app stores right, then perhaps they're just a bad idea. Here is a horrible developer experience with the Microsoft app store.
appstore  microsoft 
october 2012 by mcherm
Soragora — Why Indie Games are Getting Pushed Out and How to Stay Alive
It's hard to sell independent mobile phone games because the only way to get exposure is to already have it or to spend LOTS on paying people to download it until you get noticed in the app store.
gamedev  marketing  appstore  via:HackerNews 
october 2012 by mcherm
How A New Apple Developer Guideline Could Be Curtains For Apps That Promote Other Apps | TechCrunch
Yet another stupid rule that Apple invents and then requires of all apps in the app store that they own and control on the platform that they own and control. Can't advertise any other apps. (Also, no free trial versions that promote the paid version.)
appstore  via:HackerNews 
october 2012 by mcherm
Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes | Danger Room |
Apple rejects an app that reports on US drone strikes because they don't agree with it politically.
apple  appstore  via:HackerNews  wired  censorship  politics 
august 2012 by mcherm
Reddit Sync has been removed from Google Play : Android
App pulled from Google's app store for no discernible reason. Look, it doesn't take incredible customer service, just a willingness to communicate!
appstore  google  via:reddit  reddit 
august 2012 by mcherm
iKamasutra app blocked by apple
Apple blocks another major app for random and irrational reasons, then refuses to communicate.
appstore  apple  evil  via:HackerNews 
june 2012 by mcherm
Uncommon Sense: The Silencing of Maya
A patent fight is in court: can a company with a patent on software to help disabled children speak eliminate a cheap iPad app which does the same thing and which some parents claim works better than the company's products? While the court is still deliberating, they appeal to a "higher" authority and get Apple to pull it from the app store.
law  ip-law  patent  disabilities  apple  appstore  via:reddit 
june 2012 by mcherm
No-cost desktop software development is dead on Windows 8 | Ars Technica
Microsoft is so jealous of Apple's appstore stranglehold on iPhone software that they're ensuring software on Windows 8 must be sold in their appstore unless it is developed with expensive development tools.
teaching  programming  microsoft  windows  opensource  appstore  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
may 2012 by mcherm
Apple Appstore Disabled My Apps When I Moved
Is this true? Apple takes away all your stuff if you move?
apple  appstore 
april 2012 by mcherm
The Mac App Store Needs Paid Upgrades
Astonishing, a posting with the "appstore" tag that doesn't complain about Apple! Points out that there should be a way to do "major upgrades" that charge full price to new customers but a smaller (non-zero) amount to existing customers.
appstore  pricing  via:WilShipley 
march 2012 by mcherm
The curious case of our iOS app – Prey
THIS is why I will NEVER write an app for Apple's curated garden (unless paid to).
appstore  apple  via:HackerNews  software 
march 2012 by mcherm
Pay An Apple App Store Download Bot? Not Me: The Codist
Apparently people pump up their AppStore stats by using bots to download their app many times; this gives them good download stats which encourages others to download it. Interesting security flaw.
security  via:theCodist  appstore 
february 2012 by mcherm
Why the Mac App Sandbox makes me sad | Naming Things
Apple is creating a sandboxed area for apps on the MacOS just like they have on the phones. With the same problems of apple-controlled and curated apps. Want to make a bet about whether they plan to transition EVERYONE over to it over the next couple of generations? This article describes well why it is a poor idea.
via:HackerNews  apple  appstore  programming 
november 2011 by mcherm
Scrutinizing mobile apps: privacy violations, bloat, and poor security – Boing Boing
Apps on the iPhone do sneaky, privacy-destroying things. The lesson here, says Cory (and I agree), is that having apps reviewed by the folks at Apple doesn't REALLY provide us with protection from bad (or just slightly disreputable) actors.
mobile  CoryDoctorow  via:boingboing  appstore  privacy 
october 2011 by mcherm
Google fined by Taipei over app refund, react by suspend apps sales in Taiwan
Taiwan’s consumer law says you can return things bought online for 7 days. They fined Google app store for violating this. Google stopped all sales in Taiwan.
via:HackerNews  appstore  google  law  mypostings 
june 2011 by mcherm
Facebook Platform Developer Forum / WARNING! HONEST application with 8 million users were just banned!
An app booted off Facebook; the author says it did nothing wrong. I think it might be wise for companies forming their own publishing world (app stores and such) to institute some sort of pseudo-legal process. It will get them MUCH better cred from the developer community.
facebook  appstore  via:HackerNews 
june 2011 by mcherm
Apple Reverses Course On In-App Subscriptions [Apple Confirms] - Mac Rumors
Apple has backed off, apparently, and decided that while they still want a 30% cut of all subscriptions sold in iPhone apps, that they *will* allow people to mark up the price within iPhone apps to cover the cost. The fact that they can be this arbitrary is the _true_ problem, so the true problem hasn't been addressed.
via:HackerNews  appstore  apple 
june 2011 by mcherm
Apple pilfers rips off student's rejected iPhone app: The Register
Apple adds feature that a student had submitted to app store and had rejected.
apple  copyright  appstore  via:reddit  TheRegister 
june 2011 by mcherm
Patent troll shakes down mobile devs - Boing Boing
Interesting. Patent troll sues small developers for having an "upgrade" button in the free version of an iPhone app that buys the paid version. But that functionality is from Apple, and Apple's developer agreement says it's Apple's problem.
patent  patentabuse  law  ip-law  apple  appstore  via:boingboing  contractlaw 
may 2011 by mcherm
Important Advisory about Amazon's Appstore Distribution Terms To all members -
Amazon's app store allows them to discount things. An association of independent game developers says this is a bad thing for game makers.
amazon  appstore  via:HackerNews 
april 2011 by mcherm
Apple new subscription rules now upsetting developers, too
Developers point out how stupid Apple's "30% of gross" policy is.
appstore  apple  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
february 2011 by mcherm
Apple responds: we want a cut of Amazon, Sony e-book sales
Sure enough... Apple is demanding a cut of all CONTENT shown on their device, not just all apps.
appstore  apple  evil  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
february 2011 by mcherm
Apple Moves to Tighten Control of App Store -
I don't want to read too much into it without confirmation, but this article claims that Apple is now rejecting apps because they allow you to access content you paid for elsewhere. Apparently they think people should ONLY be able to pay for things on Apple's AppStore. Does Apple think they can own all online commerce?
apple  appstore  nytimes  via:reddit 
february 2011 by mcherm
Four Lessons From Evernote’s First Week On The Mac App Store
Evernote says that selling things via some kind of an App Store (even for PCs) gives lots more sales.
software  programming  softwaredevelopment  appstore  techcrunch  via:HackerNews 
january 2011 by mcherm
Amazon details pricing, approval process for Android app portal
Amazon will open an app store for android. With weird stuff like them evaluating apps like Apple does and Amazon setting the price (not the developer).
appstore  amazon  android  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica  personal_net 
january 2011 by mcherm
Call Me Fishmeal.: “Curated” Doesn’t Necessarily Mean “Secure”
Android apps are actually SAFER despite (or BECAUSE) they aren't audited carefully by someone like iPhone apps are.
personal_net  security  via:WilShipley  WilShipley  android  appstore 
november 2010 by mcherm
Apple Says "We Have Enough Fart Apps," Here's Why That's Wrong
A good point here. The secret to succeeding at the AppStore (and neither Apple nor Google has gotten this right yet) is a good search algorithm.
apple  google  appstore  via:HackerNews 
september 2010 by mcherm
Curated computing is no substitute for the personal and handmade | Cory Doctorow | Technology |
Having someone vet stuff for you (eg: AppStore) is useful. But being REQUIRED to use only the vetted things is not good. For instance, personalized stuff will never get vetted... but it's highly useful. The only advantage of mandating it is for the vendor to maintain monopoly control.
philosophy  iphone  CoryDoctorow  via:boingboing  appstore 
july 2010 by mcherm
Communities Dominate Brands: Full Analysis of iPhone Economics - it is bad news. And then it gets worse
Excellent business analysis of the profit opportunity in building AppStore apps. Answer? You're not going to make money.
mobile  softwaredevelopment  appstore  via:reddit 
june 2010 by mcherm
Why Apple's No-Nude-Apps Policy Worries Me | The Big Money
A less-critical take on another AppStore ban (this one a comic of James Joyce’s Ulysses with a few bits of drawn nudity).
appstore  apple  censorship  via:boingboing 
june 2010 by mcherm
Hello, Lua - Apple Outsider
Apparently, apple has backed down and is allowing interpreters *if pre-arranged*.
apple  appstore  languages  programming 
june 2010 by mcherm
Last week Apple asked me to remove my app from the App Store. Now I know why.
This may be the first non-negative App Store posting I have made. Dude complains that Apple closed his app when it violated a trademark. Turns out Apple had secretly bought the trademark for their own big splash launch. Perfectly legitimate.
law  ip-law  trademark  apple  appstore  via:HackerNews 
june 2010 by mcherm
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