Following my report from yesterday, Apple has eliminated lots of the apps I identified. When you attempt to discover them on the App Store, they’re now not accessible.
App Store Review Guidelines are very clear with regards to app duplicates. According to rule four.three, you possibly can’t launch the identical app a number of occasions on the App Store has it’s thought of as spamming.
But that rule has been poorly enforced and a few firms have taken benefit of that. In my unique report, I centered on one class particularly — VoIP apps that allow you to get a second cellphone quantity and ship and obtain calls and texts from that new quantity.
Developers launch a number of variations of the identical app in order that they will use completely different names, completely different key phrases and completely different classes. This manner, they will cowl a variety of key phrases if you’re trying to find an app within the App Store.
So let’s have a look at the builders I known as out yesterday. It’s nonetheless unclear if a few of these apps will reappear after some modifications.
- TextMe Up Second Phone Number — REMOVED
- Free Tone – Calling & Texting — REMOVED
- Text Me – Phone Calls + Text — REMOVED
BinaryPattern and Flexible Numbers LLC
- Texting/Calling Phone Burner — STILL AVAILABLE
- Smiley Private Texting SMS — STILL AVAILABLE
- Texting Shield – Phone Number — REMOVED
- Burner Phone Numbers SMS/Calls — REMOVED
- Business Line Phone Number — REMOVED
- Phoner 2nd Phone Number Text — REMOVED
- Text Burner – Texting Anonymous — REMOVED
- Second Line – 2nd Phone Number — REMOVED
- Dingtone – WiFi Calling & Text — REMOVED
- Telos Second Phone Number — REMOVED
This case illustrates as soon as once more that Apple holds the keys to the App Store kingdom. The firm acts as a decide and might make or break some firms.
Some of these firms have launched clones of their apps and benefited from that technique for a few years. The foremost difficulty right here is that App Store guidelines aren’t enforced persistently.
Plenty of clones in different classes
The clone plague is way from over. Many classes additionally use this App Store optimization technique.
JPEG Labs has launched 4 completely different apps that allow you to print photographs in Walgreens or CVS shops round you. They all do the identical factor however have completely different names and key phrases. (They additionally inform you to go away a assessment proper after opening the app.)
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