Apple axes Chomp for Android after acquisition

April 27, 2012
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We tend to ignore Apple-specific news here on Android Community, but if you're a user of app discovery service Chomp, you'll have a hard time doing that today. All references to the Android Market/Google Play Store and Verizon's V-CAST apps are gone from Chomp's website. The Chomp app itself has disappeared from the Google Play Store, and the download links on its home page go straight to iTunes. In fact you won't find any mention of the world's most popular mobile OS anywhere on their website.

This is because Apple bought Chomp lock, stock and barrel back in February, and they're not too keen on sharing the limelight with the operating system that's outselling iOS in every major market. The reasoning was that Apple wanted Chomp's algorithm for searching and organizing apps to improve the same feature in iTunes. When the acquisition was announced, Chomp's executive had already been working for Apple for some time.

Will this affect you? Unless you're a dedicated and constant user of Chomp, probably not. It's also not altogether surprising, given Apple's downright hostile stance towards Android in the past, refusing to even allow iOS developers to acknowledge Android apps in their iTunes listings. Oh well - you'll just have to rely on one of Chomp's competitors or, you know, search the Google Play Store manually from now on.

[via SlashGear]


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  • Edward Daniels

    let them have it, alot of the iproduct developers are bias towards android users. if they crossover to android to make an app it always not the same or lack updates in timely fashion. those developers for all i care can keep they dam app on ios dont cross over at all. its a shame we have racist developers on os platforms. i dont support those bias developers and they will not get any more money from me. my question to yall are why even waste ur time to develop for android if ur not going to go all the way. 

  • knowhowe

    What a pity. I love my droid but I’m a decades-long Machead too but think this to be a dirty trick by Apple.
    Chomp was great, much better than the laughably-retitled ‘Play Store’- most of whose content has nothing to do with games. I will miss it. Any suggestions for alternatives please?

  • http://twitter.com/knolpad_com Knolpad.com

    I discovered a workaround to still search android market, and I blogged about it at, http://www.knolpad.com/how-to-search-android-market-for-apps-from-chomp/ Hope it works for a good amount of time till Google play comes out with a search like chomp. Won’t be that hard for the search engine giant to come with an update for google play. :)