Chomp for Android killed now that Apple owns it
This entry was posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012.
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It isn't any secret that Apple and Android are fierce rivals in the mobile device market. The latter has an infamously poor content discovery system in its Android Market (now rechristened as Google Play), and Chomp went a long way in rectifying some of its ills. Apple, rather unsurprisingly, is choosing to take that crutch away from Android by completely killing the app for the Google platform.
There had been reports of Chomp's flaky performance on Android devices in the last few weeks, as it frequently refused to connect to Chomp's servers. As it turns out, today Chomp's website has no more mentions of its Android app, and the Google Play store has absolutely no mention of Chomp either.
Apple's decision to acquire Chomp stemmed out of devs often complaining about the poor visibility of their apps in the App Store. That's right, Apple's biggest advantage - its vast, vast ecosystem for apps had inadvertently drowned out many of the lesser known developers from joining into the party, and Apple definitely wanted to keep them on their side. Plugging off the same support for its biggest competitor, Android, seemed like a logical next step to deprive Google and Android devs from any similar advantage.