Sorry iPhone users.
A few days ago, I wrote about how iTunes has rejected a bunch of our new language apps because we have too many of them. They said we are spamming the iTunes store. Yesterday, I got an answer about my appeal from the review board:
We are writing to let you know the results of your appeal for your app, Secret Agent: Korean and similar.
The App Review Board evaluated your app and determined that the original rejection feedback is valid. Your apps do not comply with:
2.20: Developers “spamming” the App Store with many versions of similar apps will be removed from the iOS Developer Program
Therefore, your apps will not be posted to the App Store at this time.
App Review Board
Their solution is to have one very generic app and allow users to download the language files with in-app purchases. From my point of view, this would really hurt the user experience. If you are trying to learn Swahili, for example, it would not make sense to download an app called “Secret Agent: Generic Language” and then select from a drop down.
Many of our apps have been released on iTunes already. But, I guess we are pushing our luck with iTunes.
But, like I’ve always said, our Overpass apps are a great opportunity to learn how the markets work so we can better advise our clients. So, it is all worth it in the end. But, it does sting to be accused of spamming when we are providing very useful learning resources for our users.
Here are the apps that have been rejected:
- Secret Agent: Russian
- Secret Agent: Spanish
- Secret Agent: Swahili
- Secret Agent: Thai
- Secret Agent: Mandarin (Lite version)
- Secret Agent: Korean
- Secret Agent: Cantonese
- Secret Agent: Arabic (Lite version)
- Secret Agent: Hindi (Lite version)
We will continue to release these games on Android for Google Play, Samsung, and Amazon.