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Apple rejects Droid app from App Store

updated 04:30 pm EST, Mon November 30, 2009

Move likely publicity stunt

Apple has rejected an app advertising the Motorola Droid, according to reports. Called iDroid, the app has only one function, which is to imitate the glowing red eye of the Droid while linking to promotional material. Its developer is noted to be Swavv Apps, which has otherwise produced only two other titles, Beer Pong and Spin the Bottle.

Unlike some other more prominent rejections, the iDroid case is believed to be clear-cut, since the app promotes the iPhone's chief rival amongst American smartphones. App Store rules also block any software with limited or non-existent functionality. iDroid may thus be a simple attempt at gaining publicity, much in the way that groups like PETA rely on controversy from banned TV ads.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    clear cut?

    How is it 'clear cut'? Is there something in the app store rules that say "You can't promote any device that is an apple competitor'? If so, I guess the Kindle app will have to go once Apple's mythical tablet is released.

  1. anthology123

    Joined: Dec 1969


    There is a difference

    Between iDroid and Kindle app. Kindle app may promote the Kindle, it actually works as a book reader on the iPhone as well, making it useful. The iDroid might have been accepted had they did something, even a silly game. Movie film app that promote one film usually do at least one thing, this thing doesn't do anything but promote the device.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Who's to say what is useful? Oh, right, Apple. Apparently having an iPhone that can make farting noises is 'useful'. But not one that offers links to droid sites.

    Ah, the joys of having Big Brother around to make sure everything made is 'useful'.

  1. doctor9

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What for?!!

    Why the h*ll do you need an app promoting the Droid phone on your iPhone? What...I'm going to be so impressed with the Droid that I'm going to buy out my iPhone contract to get one...all the while viewing said app on the iPhone since it's not available for Android!!

    No, this is a crass attempt to show Apple as a closed platform by means of cheap worthless efforts, much like Palm Pre's attempt to make an issue out of illegally using Apple's iTunes to put music on it.

    Good products don't use cheap tricks to be popular!


  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: What for?

    No, this is a crass attempt to show Apple as a closed platform by means of cheap worthless efforts, much like Palm Pre's attempt to make an issue out of illegally using Apple's iTunes to put music on it.

    This is nothing like the Palm Pre trying to use iTunes.

    And it wasn't just an attempt. It succeeded very well to show Apple as a closed platform.

    And I can't wait for when Apple decides that all their computers should only be allowed to run software that is first pre-approved by them. Because, as we know, Macs are connected to the internet, and one bad program could bring down the series of tubes all across the world.

  1. phatso

    Joined: Dec 1969


    that's what's up

    somebody has to open the eyes of the apple eaters

    trust me iphone folks, you can turn the phone sideways with the droid and your picture will turn too... you will be able to impress your friends with the oh so incredible picture turn, so, it's ok.

    plus you will actually be able to find usefull apps created by users for users... and hey, if you read a book and devote some time, you can even create your own droid app...

    seriously, getting apple stuff is like moving into one of those planned neighborhoods where you cant even change the type of grass in your yard, your mailbox or the color of your house, and your lawn must be maintained at a perfect 2.68" above ground or your fined...

    love the hardware though, just replace the SW right away... same for windows c***....

    linux is now and the future folks... how cool is that!

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