Apple’s App Store approval process has banned many apps in the past including 5000 with questionable “overtly sexual content”, and more recently radio apps that don’t contain hundreds of stations. Now Apple has banned a Danish Android magazine app, simply for containing material about Android devices.
There is no official statement from Apple, but the story comes from the claims of Mediaprovider CEO Brian Dixon, who described his conversation with Apple representatives over the issue to Mediawatch:
“So what’s the problem?” Dixon asked,
“You know… your magazine,” replied the Apple executive ‘Richard’ from Worldwide Developer relations. “It’s just about Android…. we can’t have that in our App Store.”
Dixon also went on to wonder if Apple would accept or reject an Android themed issue of his more general mobile phone magazine apps. We will keep you posted if we hear more about this latest App Store rejection if Apple chooses to comment.
This isn’t much of a surprise given the fact that Apple has reportedly rejected many apps in the past for even using the word Android in their app description. The company told one developer that, “While your application has not been rejected, it would be appropriate to remove ‘Finalist in Google’s Android Developer’s Challenge!’ from the Application Description.”