App Stores – Rejecting many apps
The rise of app Stores like Apple’s AppStore, Microsoft’s Windows Marketplace, Nokia’s Ovi and others from different mobile platform companies has been a boon to software developers as it offered a cheaper way of distributing applications. With 25,000 apps approved by Apple, I hear a very large number of apps are also stuck in the Apple approval queue. How big is this issue – worth 3M pages on Google. I came across one great postindicating all the unofficial reasons for rejection of iPhone apps. In this business, application delayed is application rejected because the more you are delayed the more the chances of a competitive app being in the store and hence negating your app.
App Store rejections – Is there a reason?
Is there a criterion for rejecting an application? One common cause for rejection seems to be that it competes with what is already bundled with the platform like a dialer or browser. None of the vendors are explicit about the criteria they use for rejecting apps until Microsoft took the lead and actually published its criteria. Bravo, Microsoftand hope others will follow you so that some of the arbitrary rejections can be controlled. Google, with its Android is an exception as it seems to accept most apps but that might change over time as Android becomes more popular. Has your app been rejected by an app store and do you know the reason for it? Please comment here for others to understand and see.
Criteria for Rejection
In studying through Microsoft’s criteria here are a few key themes that emerged
If you compete with what we have bundled, no matter how bad, we can reject your application – last time I checked Microsoft went to great lengths to defend a law suit like this for Internet Explorer’s bundling on the PC.
If you compete with the channel we aim to please, we can reject your application. Is that legal?
Is it time for DOJ and EU to step in?
I am not a believer of wasteful regulation or litigation but it does smack of anti-competitive behavior against smaller companies/developers and above all for consumer who are deprived of many choices. Do you agree? I just hope that platform companies publish their criteria, act fairly and swiftly now when it is too early in the cycle so that we don’t see waste of our tax dollars in DOJ, EU and other authorities bringing law suits against these companies like it has happened to IBM, Microsoft and Intel.
Let me know what you think?
R. Paul Singh