As the weather in North America finally starts to warm up, it becomes hard to imagine a lot of people looking for updates via REI's Snow and Ski Report. And yet the app--which allows consumers to set up a customized series of alerts about conditions where they want to hit the slopes--is the first one that Brent Hieggelke cites as an example of using push notifications properly.
No matter what happens with AppGratis and Apple's App Store, developer opinion online is decidedly mixed about the tactics being taken by both sides.
AppGratis is building an HTML5-based web application in a move to continue its mobile app discovery and deals service free from restrictions imposed by Apple.
A document obtained by Business Insider indicates that AppGratis charged iOS developers large sums of cash to vault their applications to the top of Apple's App Store download rankings.
AppGratis has launched an online petition in an effort to persuade Apple to restore its iOS application discovery service to the App Store.
If Apple is unwilling to budge on its rule 2.25 ("Apps that display Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store will be rejected") then will app discovery services be pushed to mobile websites only? And more importantly, is it possible to garner that much influence over iOS users without going through an Apple-approved app?
AppGratis issued a long emotional response to Apple's rejection of its app discovery service, arguing that Apple's action happened without much warning and has left the company searching for answers and a solution.
Although Apple has removed app recommendation service AppGratis from its App Store, several other similar app discovery services remain untouched.
Apple has removed the popular discovery and deals service AppGratis from its App Store, continuing its efforts to eliminate iOS applications that promote apps other than the developer's own.
App discovery is a known problem for all developers. Users typically rely on the top-selling app lists in their app store of choice as a guide for what to purchase. That, in turn, fuels sales of the same, already popular apps, making it that much harder for new apps (and developers) to break into these top app lists. And while there are curated app lists and some app search engines, the majority of new buys aren't coming from there. So where do these new apps that break onto these top lists come from?