I posted a few days ago about a guy who created an iPhone app that competed with a native iPhone offering. Apple subsequently decided to withhold acceptance of his application – citing concerns about the competing nature of his offering. My post was under the guise of asking how Apple manages to get away with being this evil.

Well now our hero, Alex Sokyrynsky has an option – Google‘s Android. Sure it’s new and there’s not a lot of devices yet (well one and it’s only just been released) but nonetheless it’s an option. As Alex said;

All I wanted was for someone from Apple to contact me and tell me how we can work it out so that I get into the app store. Instead, Apple took the cowards way out by simply disabling features in my developers portal. This seems like a childish move for a company that has been proving such high quality service and products in the past.
A lot of people have speculated that Apple might incorporate features similar to Podcaster in the future. If they do, they will simply be stealing from developers (me in this case)…
I plan to make Podcaster for the Android operating system. At least there, I will be welcomed instead of being walked all over. I will also try to port the app to a jailbroken iPhone.
So a final note to developers. Try to stay out of Apple’s grey area. Don’t build anything that would compete with Apple. Don’t spend too much time before you submit to the app store because it could be all for nothing.

If nothing else Google’s Android levels the playing field – no longer is Apple the only kid on the block with a cool device who can run roughshod over anyone who wants to come play – hopefully the competition will level the playing field somewhat for the developers.

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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